- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On July 19, 2016
At Sanderson Lincoln, we know that when it comes time to choose the right tires for your car there are several things to consider including the climate where you live and what type of vehicle you drive.
Here some of the basic facts about choosing the appropriate tires for your vehicle.
The ideal tires for summer
We don’t recommend summer tires for winter as they aren’t good on snow or ice, but they’re great for mostly dry or slightly wet road conditions. They use orbital grooves and unique directional patterns that optimize them for hot, humid weather. Summer tires are best in the same size as the original tires that came on your car. It’s true that you’ll find summer tires both larger and wider than the tires that came with your car, but larger and/or wider tires can increase the chances that you’ll hydroplane in wet conditions.
The ideal tires for winter
Winter tires aren’t in high demand at Phoenix Lincoln dealers, but for our customers who plan to take their cars to places with snow, ice, sleet, and other winter conditions, you’ll want winter tires that are narrower to better cut through snow and slush, a size that’s close to the size of your car’s basic tires, and you may also want special rims and wheels.
All-season options are a popular choice
For most drivers in the Valley of the Sun, all-season tires are a top choice. They’re good in every type of weather, but they’re not necessarily great in any type of weather. They use a combination of technologies, compounds, and unique tread patterns, which help the tires to work well in virtually any conditions.
There are, of course, downsides. While they are versatile, you won’t get the performance you’d get with specialized options. There are two types of all-season tires:
- Touring tires with lower noise and better handling.
- Passenger tires offer a smoother ride and usually last longer.
Once upon a time, the only cars you’d see with performance tires were exotic sports cars. Today, there are people driving all types of vehicles that want an incredible road feel, which is why performance tires are available for most any type of vehicle.
You’ll find special categories too, like snow, off-road, and cold weather.
There are four main types of performance tires:
- Performance: Perfect for the driver who wants to increase their style and low-speed traction.
- High performance: Best for boosting handling and stability at higher speeds.
- Ultra high-performance: This is your extreme performance option for use on luxury and exotic cars.
- Competition: These are created specifically for race events, and though they’re typically street legal, they’re not generally very practical, thanks to the fact that they don’t have grooves and they use unique racing compounds.
Are you still not sure which tires are right for your Lincoln? At Sanderson Lincoln, we are always here to provide you with the help you need. Feel free to call, e-mail, or stop by to learn more about the specific tire options for your car and your driving preferences.