Picking the right tires for your ride can be a daunting task. First, you have to consider what kind of vehicle you drive. Second, you need to take into account how you drive it. Then there are about a zillion (don't fact check us) other things you need to weigh — such as weather conditions and your budget — before you can finally make a choice.
But, remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Our highly trained technicians, along with our easy, online tire shopping tool, can steer you in the right direction.
While there are many factors that determine what type of tires your vehicle needs, your owner's manual will always provide specs and recommendations for tires. You can also check the numbers and letters on the tire’s sidewall to know what size tires your vehicle can accommodate, along with speed rating and load rating.
What type of regular driving you do will also help determine what tires are best for you. For example, a driver who wants reliability and versatility all-year round may do best with all-season tires vs. someone who regularly goes off-road might choose all-terrain tires for better performance. Sport drivers, or those driving at higher speeds, may prefer the responsiveness of performance tires.
Light truck tires are built for heavier vehicles like trucks and SUVs that regularly carry heavy loads. These tires are constructed with more durable rubber and reinforced sidewalls, and they have a higher load index in order to handle the extra weight.
Passenger tires are designed for passenger vehicles, such as sedans, compact cars and some crossover vehicles. These tires are not built for carrying or towing heavy loads, but because they’re less stiff than their light truck counterparts, they tend to provide a more comfortable ride on bumpy roads.
In many cases, you can put standard truck tires on SUVs. However, heavier truck tires might not be the best choice for most SUVs. You can find guidance and recommendations from your vehicle’s manufacturer in your owner’s manual. Also, you can take a look at the numbers and letters on the tires your SUV came with to see whether the first letter specifies passenger (P) or light truck (LT).
To find your next set of tires, you can shop tires online by vehicle type, tire size or even license plate, ensuring the tires you select will fit your vehicle. Once you’ve made a selection, simply schedule an appointment for installation as early as same-day. But if you need or prefer a more 1-on-1 approach in selecting the best tires for your vehicle, just call or stop by any of our locations to get personalized help from our tire experts!