Understanding Various Types of Tires
Tops Tire and Wheel offers our customers in El Paso, TX a large selection of tires for cars and trucks from the tire manufacturing industry’s most respected brands. Your tires will not last forever, and every vehicle eventually needs a new set of tires, depending on their age and tread wear. In most cases, drivers put enough mileage on their tires to wear down the treads before their tires’ expiration date becomes a concern. When the time comes to change out your old tires for new ones, how do you know which types to choose from all the tires we have available? Our professional technicians will help you select the best tires to suit your vehicle and budget. Continue reading to discover more about the types of tires we offer.
Sedan, Minivan, and Crossover SUV Tires
This vehicle group is also referred to as passenger touring vehicles, and it uses tires designed to provide smooth and quiet rides. These tires offer long-lasting tread while providing dependable handling in any season or weather condition. We have tires for standard and luxury model vehicles, and you can get special performance tires for this class of the car. However, special performance tires are not meant for day-to-day driving use.
These tires live up to their name because they are designed to handle driving conditions in every season and provide excellent comfort and handling while driving on the highway. You no longer need to change your tires with the seasons, while their steady performance on the highway and local roads makes them popular with most vehicle owners.
Touring tires, also known as Grand Touring tires, have wider treads. You get enhanced traction surpassing all-season passenger tires with reasonable life. However, these tires don’t typically last as long as standard all-season tires.
These tires give you a better grip on the road in dry and wet conditions than touring tires, and they are rated for higher speeds. You can generally find performance tires on sports and high-performance cars.
Manufacturers design summer tires for warmer climates, handling wet and dry conditions on roads. These tires have broader contact points with the road while offering enough groove to resist hydroplaning. However, summer tires don't work well when driving on snow or ice.
Winter tires give you the best control and traction on snow, ice, and slush because of their heavy spinning dispelling snow and ice so that your tires stay in contact with the road’s surface. We have these tires available in studded and non-studded, offering varying levels of traction.
These high-performance tires have similarities to street performance tires, but you do not use this type of tire for daily driving. Track and competition tires are designed to provide constant road contact on dry roads and apply primarily to professional and amateur racing and track driving.
Tires for Truck and SUVs
Manufacturers design truck and SUV tires based on the road surface on which a vehicle will commonly use them. We have tire options for any truck or SUV, whether you drive on dirt roads, highways, or a mud terrain.
These tires for trucks and SUVs are like all-season passenger tires in their design, specifically for smooth pavement driving and outstanding all-season traction while handling heavier loads.
If you find yourself traveling over sand, gravel, or light mud as much as you drive on paved roads, all-terrain tires have a rugged tread pattern to handle these surfaces better than highway tires while still offering comfortable driving.
All-purpose tires are also called mild all-terrain tires or trail tires and fall between highway and all-terrain tires. You get a little more grip than a highway tire while driving off-road on soft conditions, but the grip is less than an all-terrain option.
We characterize these tires by their large tread blocks with additional voids, providing more traction while traveling over soft terrain. These tires are reinforced for puncture resistance, which is a common issue with off-road driving.
Commercial drivers who put a lot of highway miles on their vehicles are ideal candidates for ribbed tires. This option provides vehicles with superior highway handling and fantastic weather traction while supporting heavy loads.
Use these tires for all-season performance like highway tires. However, sport truck tires have a higher speed rating at which a vehicle can carry loads safely.
Specialty Tires for Other Vehicles
Specialty tires are found outside standard tire options for sedans, SUVs, trucks, and minivans. We have these tires available to accommodate tractors, trailers, ATVs, and other vehicles. Continue reading to learn about each of our specialty tire options, and our team will help you select the perfect tire for your needs.
Donut or compact temporary spares are a little slimmer than standard tires. They are designed for limited use until you complete a permanent tire replacement. A spare tire is typically rated for around 50 miles of travel at a maximum speed of 50 mph. You can often get full-size spares in the same brand as your vehicle’s other four tires.
Trailer tires come in two main types: bias ply and radial ply. Bias ply tires come designed to travel farther distances and carry heavier loads. These tires tend to suffer from irregular wear since they typically carry more weight. The smoother radial ply tires are ideal for highway driving.
ATV/UTV tires are similar to all-terrain tires. They have large tread blocks and deep voids to handle sand, mud, rocks, gravel, and other soft terrains.
Tires in this category include anything from wheelbarrows and dollies to golf carts and tractors.
Speak With Our Tire Experts
You might feel overwhelmed when deciding which tires you need for your vehicle from our large selection of tires. Tops Tire and Wheel has a team of tire specialists ready to help you take the guesswork out of buying new tires in El Paso, TX. We can determine the perfect tire for your vehicle by knowing what car or truck you drive, what kind of daily driving you do, and the local area’s climate. Visit us to benefit from our expertise and find a new set of tires for your vehicle today.