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Tire attributes

Now that you’ve determined you need new tires, there are two things you need to know before diving into your search: the type and size of tire you’re looking for. Knowing these things will help you narrow down the field to only tires that fit your car.

  • Size

    Knowing your tire size can save you a lot of time and hassles when you’re looking for new tires. You can find the size of your original tires on the door placard on the driver’s side door jamb, or in the glove box. To find the size of your current tires, just look at the sidewall of your tire:

    If you’re thinking of changing the size of your tires, please talk to a Sears Blue Automotive Crew member for some expert advice before you make this decision.

  • Type

    So, what type of tires are you looking for? Depending on your needs, there can be a lot of options out there. So, let’s take a minute to go through the features of some of the more popular tire types.

    Be sure to keep your driving criteria in mind as you’re making your selection. Is wet traction more important to you than cornering capability on dry roads? Do you need tires that can perform well in the snow? Do you want tires with a longer life span, even if they cost more? With all this in mind, let’s review the options:

  • All-season

    These tires deliver smooth ride year-round with good traction in wet, dry, and mild snow conditions. They don’t always perform as well in colder temperatures (below 7C/45F) or heavy snow.

  • Winter

    Having the right winter tires on your vehicle can increase control and overall traction when the weather is cold. They’re constructed from different compounds and have tread that is specially designed for low temperatures, ice, snow, and sleet. If you’re looking for maximum traction in winter driving conditions, a winter tire may be the right choice.

  • Summer

    Primarily for use in dry conditions, summer tires provide optimal traction and resilience in warmer environments. Summer tires are not designed for use on ice or snow.

  • Truck

    Truck tires are different from car tires because trucks are usually heavier than cars. So factors like load rating and tire pressure are even more important when you’re looking for new truck tires. Based on your truck type and how you use it, you’ll want to consider the following types of truck tires based on their specifications and performance.

    • All-Terrain: Built from resilient compounds and sporting multiple tread patterns, they’re a solid choice on the road and off.

    • Highway Use: Geared to provide a smoother ride for life on the road.

    • Sport: Provides better handling, breaking, and traction at higher speeds.

    • Off-Road: Rugged and strong, designed to handle most off-road conditions.

  • Car Tires

    These tires are built mainly for passenger cars - vehicles mainly used to transport people from place to place. Car tires are designed to offer a smooth, comfortable ride with good tread wear ratings for a long life. Here are the main types of car tires:

    • Passenger: A smooth ride and longer wear.

    • Touring: A luxury ride with performance handling.

    • Performance: Hot looks and great traction.

    • High & Ultra High Performance: Performance plus style.

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Having the right winter tires on your vehicle can increase control, fuel efficiency, and overall traction. They’ re constructed from different compounds and with tread that’ s specially designed for ice, snow, and sleet. Since they’ re more geared for colder climates than all-season tires, you should consider the following before making your choice.