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Tech 101: Choosing the Right Tires

Posted April 08, 2014 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: selection Tech 101 tires wheels

Chances are good that most Hemmings readers own more than a single pair of shoes. Those with a passion for playing tennis understand that stepping onto the court in a pair of wing-tips will likely result in a sub-standard performance, and those who prefer ballroom dancing probably don't do so in a pair of steel-toed boots. Footwear tends to be rather narrowly focused these days, and the proper footwear can make all the difference in an athlete's performance. The same can be said of tires, yet most consumers only think about tires when it's time for a new set. Choosing the proper tire is far more important than choosing the proper pair of shoes, because to quote an oft-used advertising slogan, your life is riding on your tires.

First, it's important to understand that every tire produced today is a compromise. Some favor grip and the ability to withstand extreme forces and heat loads over longevity, while others favor high mileage at the expense of traction. Season-specific winter tires can offer improved performance on snow and ice, at the expense of handing and feel in warm, dry weather. The "all-season radial" has become the darling of the automotive industry, but it's important to understand that just because a tire is certified to perform under a variety of conditions does not mean it will do so optimally.

Get a grip on your wheels here, on Hemmings.

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