The process of selecting the right tires for your car is simply a matter of knowing where and how you're going to use those tires. What is the weather usually like? Are the roads in good condition? How far do you drive on an average day? Do you have a sports car or a station wagon? Knowing the answers will steer you to the right tires.
One of the most popular types of tires sold today, all-season radials, are designed to handle dry and wet surfaces, and some amounts of snow.
These tires are designed to provide more grip and handling. They let you "feel the road" and drive with confidence. The trade-off is that these tires are generally more expensive, their tread may wear down faster, and some ride comfort is sacrificed. But for enthusiast drivers, performance tires are the choice.
All-Season Performance Tires
This new breed of tire combines the features of performance tires with the features of all season tires. It meets the needs of high performance cars in dry conditions, but also handles rain and light snow.
These tires are specially constructed to grip snowy surfaces. Even the rubber is specially formulated to stay pliable in the cold and give you better traction on icy roads. However, this same construction features make snow tires prone to more rapid treadwear than other tires on dry surfaces.
Note: If you normally use high performance tires on your car, you should be aware that the addition of winter tires will dramatically affect the way your car handles. We strongly recommend winter tires be placed on all four wheel positions.
Tip for storing your winter tires over the summer:
Protecting your winter tire investment for as long as possible is easy! The best place to store them is in a cool, dry location such as your basement.You can lay them flat, stacked on top of each other, 4 high. That method offers the most support and should eliminate problems when you next apply them in the fall.
In addition, we strongly recommend you return to the store/dealer where you purchased the tires and ask for storage bags. These are just thin plastic bags to wrap the tires in, but they will protect the tires from natural ozone in the air which can cause the tire rubber to dry out and crack. The bags should be free and will extend the life of your tires. Wrap them individually, then stack them.