Having the right tires for your new (or new-to-you) pickup truck is vital to ensure not just performance, but safety and even fuel efficiency. While it is important that you get the best price on tires you can find, you also need to make sure that you have the right type of tire.
There are three basic types of tires available for pickups: all terrain, all season, and winter tires.
All terrain tires are designed to perform optimally on unpaved roads or if you go off-road. They also perform well on snow. When compared to other tires, all terrains have a more heavy duty tread. While these tires do well in rough conditions, they have inferior handling compared to other types of tires, esp. on clear, dry, paved roads.
All season tires are good for drivers who don’t go off-road and drive primarily on paved streets and highways. They provide good traction in these situations as well as a smoother ride. Their tread also lasts much longer than other types of tires. The problem comes if you live in a climate that is prone to ice and snow or if you go on a lot of unpaved roads.
Winter tires are critical if you live somewhere that is covered in ice and snow for months on end. These tires are designed specifically to provide traction and performance in those conditions. They are not so good when used on dry or even rainy roads. This is why many pickup truck owners in colder climates will change between all season and winter tires depending on the season.
In addition to making sure you have the correct type of tire for your driving habits, be sure to look at the ratings and reviews for any specific brand of tire you’re considering. You want to make sure that the tires have a good safety rating and will perform the way you expect. That way, when you shop for tires at our store you’ll know that you’re getting exactly the tires you need.