Which Tires are Right for You?

Finding the right tires for your car can be tough and relies on a number of different factors. The three things to keep in mind when you are looking for a new set of tires is the weather you will be traveling in, the type of car that you drive and the budget you want to keep. Tires fall into three general categories: passenger, performance, and light truck tires. With so many categories to choose from and dozens of brands for each category, finding the perfect set of tires for your vehicle can be exhausting. If you are looking for a new set of tires, come into your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers and let our expert staff get your car ready to roll!

Passenger Tires

Passenger tires are a great choice for sedans, midsized, and compact vehicles. Within passenger tires, there are two main categories: standard and touring tires. As you can imagine, standard tires come equipped on most mid-size sedans and compact cars. Standard passenger tires have large sidewalls and a narrow footprint, which provide good overall gas mileage and function very efficiently in good to inclement weather. Touring tires, on the other hand, come equipped on many premium vehicles and feature shorter sidewalls and a larger footprint overall. The larger footprint of these tires provides more responsive handling, but in turn can decrease your gas mileage slightly.

Performance Tires

Performance tires are used in exotic cars as well as upscale cars that can pump out some horsepower. These tires are placed in two categories: High Performance and Ultra High Performance, with both serving to help with traction and grip in turns at high speeds and in inclement weather. These tires have lateral grooves that help to push rain, sleet, and snow off the surface and provide your car with an added level of grip. Performance tires are comprised of dense and tough rubber that can stand up to the high heat produced from driving fast and taking sharp turns.

Light Truck Tires

Light truck tires are the perfect tires for sport utility vehicles and trucks alike. If you are looking for a smooth, quiet, and comfortable ride for your SUV, these tires are perfect for you. Light truck tires also have the ability to handle reasonably heavy loads, making them perfect for family movers and light usage trucks. If you are looking for a set of tires that can stand up to a bit more use and can handle some heavier loads, you may want to look into the commercial light truck classification of these tires. Light truck tires come in three classes, C, D, and E, depending on the amount of weight you will be putting on them. For most basic moving jobs, class C tires will work perfectly well, but if you are looking to move some serious heavy material, you will want to upgrade to class D or E.

Keeping your car safe for you, your passengers, and your family is one of the most important things that you can do. Changing out your balding tires for a fresh set can help save you from potential hazards and accidents. Come into your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today to see what has made us one of the most popular tire retailers in the St. Louis area and beyond!