April is a good time to Buy! The right tires can be challenging, Shopping for tires can be bewildering because there are a multitude of choices.
Every vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so its a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in.
Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.
Summer Tires: Summer Tires are designed for hot temperatures. Those who buy summer tires are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on Wisconsin roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy roads, but the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F, and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.
Winter Tires: People buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery, so they need a tread design that will really "bite" into ice and snow. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound is soft and formulated to stay pliable when temperature drop below 45°F, so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tires spectrum are tires designed to handle severe ice and snow conditions. At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.
If you require maximum summer and winter performance you can go with dedicated summer and winter tires, however, you would just need to change out your tires each spring and fall.
All-Season Tires: All Season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of weather. Most new cars in Wisconsin showrooms come with all-season tires. This is a tire that is designed to be used all year round. The tread design and rubber compound is a compromise that wont five you the extreme capabilities of summer or winter tires, but if your driving and weather conditions aren't att the extreme end of the range, all season rites will suit you just fine.
All-Terrain Tires: Most commonly see on SUV's or Pick Up trucks, All-Terrain or "Off Road" tires are designed for both highway and off-road use. These tires get good traction in the dirt and off road obstacles, but still perform well on paved roads.
Choosing the right tire is important for car owners. Talk with your Auto Select tire professional about your driving requirements and receive valuable guidance on tires that will meet your needs.
Auto Select sells all major tire brands, and offer a "Low Price Guarantee on Tires" Auto Select buys tires in large quantities and passes the savings on to you. If you find a lower installed price, we'll match it. (Excludes Internet Retailers and Membership Clubs)