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An Overview of the Various Types of Car Tires

Last updated 5 years ago

If the tires that are provided by the manufacturer don’t fit your driving style or the weather conditions found in your area, you might feel the need to upgrade your rubber to something that can offer you the level of performance and safety that you need. But before you head down to your local tire store for just any old set of tires, have a look at the following information to familiarize yourself with some of the most common types of tires:

  • Touring Tires – Touring tires are predominately designed for all-season use. The tread patterns found on touring tires emphasize performance, ride comfort, and reduced noise. Touring tires also feature a wider tread than traditional passenger vehicle tires for improved handling and stability at higher speeds. 
  • Run-Flat Tires – Run-flat tires are relatively new in the world of commercially available tires, but they are quickly becoming best sellers in tire stores throughout the country. These special tires are designed to remain structurally sound following a puncture or blowout for a distance of about 50 miles. However, because of the stiff sidewall, run-flat tires do not ride as comfortably as traditional tire designs.
  • Performance Tires – Performance tires maximize handling and resistance on dry pavement during warm weather conditions (which is why performance tires are also known as “summer” tires). For even greater handling and stability, there are high-performance and ultra-high performance tires. These tires push tire design technology to the limit and are designed for today’s most sophisticated sports cars and sedans.
  • All-Season Tires – Contrary to their name, all-season tires are not designed nor intended to provide high-quality tire performance year-round. The rubber compounds and tread designs found on all-season tires are meant to provide a balance between tread life, grip, and cornering. They are very affordable tires, but no substitution for summer or winter tires.

These are just a few of the tire types that you will find at DeKalb Tire in Roswell. We are your one-stop tire store in Roswell and the ultimate destination for all of the automotive services your vehicle needs, including wheel alignment, brake repair, oil changes, and more. For additional information, contact us online (404) 252-9895.


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