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How to Choose Tires

The tires on your vehicle are crucial to its functionality. However, what some drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington might not realize is that there are many different sizes and types of tires to choose from.

So, how can you know that you’re choosing the right tires for your vehicle? We at Fred Beans have put together this helpful guide to choosing tires to help you do just that. Read ahead to get started!

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Figuring Out Your Tire’s Size

How to Choose Tires

The first thing you need to do to read tire size is figure out your tire’s measurements which can be found in your owner’s manual. It will be a series of numbers and letters like this: P215/60R15 94T. The first number, or the number right after the “P”, is the width of your tire in millimeters. The second number, or the number right after the forward slash, is the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio tells you the height of the tire in relation to the tire’s width. This number comes in the form of a percentage meaning that a tire with an aspect ratio of 60 is a tire that’s height is 60% the length of the tire’s width. Using these two numbers, you can determine what size tire you need. The other numbers and letters don’t matter quite as much but when it comes to the width and aspect ratio, you want them to be spot on.

The Different Types of Tires

The next thing you want to consider is what type of tire you need. There a variety of tire types that all cater to specific driving needs. Just a few of the most common tire types include:

  • All-Season Tires: Reliable for mainstream vehicles in all types of weather and road conditions
  • All-Terrain Truck Tires: Come in mostly larger sizes and are made to handle hard towing and hauling jobs
  • Performance All-Season Tires: Come on newer vehicles and can handle higher speeds
  • Summer Tires: Similar to all-season tires but lack the Mud & Snow designation that make all-season tires reliable year-round
  • Winter/Snow Tires: Designed with more sipes for better gripping in snowy and icy weather

As you can see, what type of tire you need really depends on the area that you live in and what kind of weather you drive in. However, it also depends on the kind of driving that you do more so than the vehicle that you have. For example, if you have a large pickup truck but don’t use it for towing and hauling, you don’t necessarily need high-performance tire

Still Have Questions About Tires?

We at Fred Beans hope this guide to choosing tires gave you all the information you need to zero in on the tires you need for your vehicle. However, if you still need some help choosing tires, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us online. We’re happy to help drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington with any questions they may have about taking care of their vehicles!