The Benefits of Performance Tires
July 29, 2021
What are Performance Tires
Performance tires are designed to provide excellent traction and precise handling in both dry and wet conditions. The tread patterns of performance tires feature a shallower and straighter groove type than you would see on an All-Season or Winter tire. These patterns provide more stability when cornering, braking and accelerating. While performance tires provide excellent traction in dry and wet conditions, they do not offer any traction in the winter when you are dealing with snowy and icy conditions.
What are the Benefits of Performance Tires
Improved Handling: Performance tires are made of a different rubber than standard tires. The purpose of this is to help them stick to the road’s surface when the tire’s temperature increases under high speeds. This makes it easier for your vehicle to hug tight curves and provides a better driving experience.
Improved Traction: Performance tires are designed to grip the road better than standard tires. Performance tires have a larger width, which provides more surface area for the tires to grip paved surfaces. This is both a performance and safety benefit when driving at high speeds.
Improved Responsiveness: Performance tires allow your car to react quickly to inputs and are more sensitive than other types of tires. They are designed to improve the function of anti-lock braking technology to help reduce stopping distance, which results in a major safety advantage. On top of that, performance tires are designed to work better with vehicles that have highly sensitive steering and suspension systems.
Heat Dispersion: Tires overheating is a major cause of tire failure. Performance tires are made with premium materials that give them the ability to continue to perform under higher temperatures. This improves both safety and overall performance.
Is Investing in Performance Tires Right For You?
First and foremost – If your vehicle was originally equipped with performance tires then your vehicle was designed and developed to use performance tires. You should continue to use performance tires if this is the case.
The next item to consider is the climate where you live. If you live in a place that is warm all year round then putting performance tires on your vehicle would be a logical decision. If you live in a place that has a colder climate and you deal with acclimated weather conditions several months of the year, performance tires might not make the most sense for you. Living in a place that sees warm summers and cold winters might result in you needing to change from performance to winter tires once a year in order to achieve peak performance of your vehicle.
The third question to take into consideration is what type of driver you are and what you want out of your tires. If you’re looking for improved handling and responsiveness and don’t mind making small sacrifices when it comes to gas mileage and ride comfort then buying a set of performance tires would be the right choice for you.