The right tire can completely change the way your vehicle drives, affecting everything from traction to handling to fuel efficiency. Before you buy a tire, make sure you know what you're getting.
All-season tires can handle a variety of road conditions. They have some mud and snow capabilities, but aren't designed to handle extreme winter or summer conditions.
Light Truck Tires
Light Truck (LT) tires are suited for heavy vehicles like ¾-ton and larger trucks, SUVs and vans. They are designed to accommodate heavy loads and trailers, with sturdy sidewalls to stand up to the weight of the vehicle.
Passenger tires are optimized for a smooth, comfortable ride and deliver good traction under most driving conditions, but aren't able to accommodate heavy loads and are not as puncture-resistant as Light Truck (LT) tires.
Winter tires are more effective than all-season tires in deep snow and on ice. Deeper tread depths reduce snow buildup on the tire and increased biting edges help maintain traction in slippery conditions.
Performance tires provide better handling and traction than all-season tires, allowing you to more precisely control your vehicle on the road.
All-terrain and Mud-terrain Tires
All-terrain and mud-terrain tires are mainly used on four-wheel-drive vehicles. All-terrain tires provide a good compromise between on-road driving and off-road capability, while mud-terrain tires, which feature large treads to ensure traction on uneven, slippery ground, are best suited for off-roading.