Different Types of Tires
With so many different types of tyres in the market, it can be confusing for the buyer to know which tyre is right for his/her car.
The best way to determine your type of tyres is by doing some research on your vehicle type and it’s needs.
Passenger Touring Vehicles
Vehicles usually used to carry passengers such as sedans, CUVs and minivans use passenger tyres. These vehicles are crafted to deliver a smooth ride all year long.
If your car is luxurious, you can find high-end car tyres for your vehicle. Whether you want tyres in all-season touring categories or grand-touring categories, passenger tyres are good for both categories.
TYPES OF PASSENGERS TYRES
There are many categories available within passenger tyres including:
All-season tyres are made to perform in all types of weather conditions. Providing optimal handling and great comfort, these tyres usually have asymmetrical tread pattern and grooves for wet weather grip.
Touring tyres, which are also known as grand touring tyres, are made to provide a safe and comfortable ride experience. While touring tyres are similar to all-season tyres, these offer additional features like responsive handling. The pattern in these tyres is asymmetrical.
Sports and sedan vehicles, which usually demand good handling capabilities, require touring passenger tyres. These cars need to be driven in different conditions but people who have these tyres prefer performance over comfort.
Some sedan owners have modified their cars, so they prefer these tyres as they offer to enhance performance capabilities. You can also find luxurious tyres in both categories including all-season and summer when buying performance tyres.
Providing optimal traction in wet weather — Performance tyres are recognised by their lateral grooves and large circumferential area. They generally also have heavy siping and silica tread compounds because it enhances the grip despite the weather conditions.
Offering optimal traction in dry and wet conditions, summer tyres are built for hot and dry weather conditions. They are perfect for people who live in cities which experience warm weather. The grip and responsive handling of summer tyres are exemplary.
With solid patches and sufficient circumferential grooves, these tyres perform ideal in rainy weather. There is no siping. If you have a performance vehicle and your town usually experiences warm weather, you can opt for summer tyres.
TRACK AND COMPETITION
Track and competition tyres are crafted to deliver the exemplary street performance. Rarely used for regular use, these tyres offer constant road contact in dry conditions. However, the construction of track and competition tyres is different from summer tyres.
One of the most distinctive features of these tyres is the sidewall and high-tech body reinforcements such as Kevlar. Track and competition tyres are most commonly used in professional competitions.
Truck and SUV Tyres
Truck and SUV tyres can be classified into three different categories based on their usage. For tough terrains, you may require an aggressive tyre. However, if most of your time is spent on driving highways, the type of tyres needed will differ. There are different truck and SUV tyres that can suit your needs.
Types of Truck and SUV Tyres
Featuring all-season tread pattern — highway light truck tyres are designed to work on well-paved roads and to endure the heavy load of trucks and SUVs. As the name suggests, highway tyres offer ideal performance on pavements. Mostly, the rubber in these tyres is durable and the tread has good resistance power that delivers a great life. The siping in highway tyres is designed to offer enhanced all-season performance.
All-terrain tyres also known as A/T tyres feature more powerful tread patterns than highway tyres. The sizable tread blocks and the voids offer optimal traction on both off-road and well-paved roads.
Mostly, these tyres come with a Severe Weather Service symbol. These have the ability to handle sand, gravel or even mud.
While these are great for off-road conditions, it does not mean that the performance will reduce on roads and highways. The only drawback is when you drive, you will notice some noise and they are comparatively less comfortable as the tread is aggressive.