Ways To Get Good Semi Truck Tires

How to choose the best tires for your car, SUV, or truck

Shopping for new tires can be a daunting task. There’s no way to tell which one provides the best grip, the longest life, or the shortest stopping distance by sight or feel. That’s why Consumer Reports tests 50 or more tire models each year, with each going through as many as 14 rigorous evaluations.

Spend more, get more

In recent years, we’ve found you generally get what you pay for. No matter the type, tires that combine the best grip with the longest tread life may cost a little more, but they are worth the extra money in the long run.

For example, our tests have shown the best all-season tires can last as many as 97,000 miles; the worst would need replacing after 55,000 miles. It’s pretty straightforward: a $130 tire that will last twice as long as an $87 tire is a better bet, assuming other factors are equal. Still, the cheaper tire may be just fine if you won’t be keeping your car for long. Many tires have a pro-rated tread-wear warranty—meaning the balance of undriven miles will be credited toward the cost of the new tire.

We have found some tires with lower rolling resistance allowed our test cars to get 1 to 3 more mpg than tires with the highest rolling resistance. Here’s a surprise: There actually was little or no performance penalty for the everyday driver for many of these tires.

But as your tires lose tread over tens of thousands of miles of wear, they behave more like low-rolling resistance tires. So the mileage you get with brand-new, low-resistance tires may actually be worse than the old, end-of-life tires you are replacing.


How to Choose the Right Car Tires

Buying car tires is easy. It’s finding the right ones for your car that can be difficult. Get it wrong, and you can hobble your car’s performance and its ability to tackle any type of weather.

Since car tires usually need to be replaced every three or four years, here’s a refresher course on how to make sure you’re getting the right ones.

What Size Do You Need?

First, consult your owner’s manual or the placard on the driver’s side door jamb to find the recommended tire measurements

What Type of Tire Do You Need?

Many retail websites will give you a listing of all tires available in your size. But in many cases, you’ll need to dig deeper to match the speed rating. The list below can help ID your tire type.

What Are Your Priorities in Selecting a Tire?

Our research shows that people often choose a direct replacement tire when the car is still relatively new. But as the car ages, consumers become more inclined to switch to another model based on performance or price.


Truck & SUV Tire Buying Guide

Tire Buying Guide Introduction

If you’re not sure whether your vehicle has LT tires, just look for “LT” in the size mark on the tire. “LT” on the decal located in the driver’s door area or in the glove box will tell you whether it should have them

In some cases, you can save money and even improve the ride quality by switching from an LT-rated tire to a passenger (P-Metric) tire. But don’t make that decision on your own—you need a tire expert to help you buy a replacement tire with the right size and load rating.

Prepare for the worst

Before you walk into a tire shop or visit an online store, think about the heaviest loads and worst road conditions your tires will encounter over their expected life. The tires’ load rating should match your heaviest anticipated load, not your average load. Plus, the tread design should be matched to the worst roads you might drive on. If they’re muddy, snow covered, gravel or sand, you need a more aggressive tread and a rubber compound that provides more traction and is more resistant to gouging.

Not all trucks are for off-roading

The “off-road” look is the hottest trend in truck tires these days. They look tough, with beefy, aggressive and exaggerated tread blocks. But despite their cool appearance, they most likely will have poor “road manners,” meaning they provide a stiff ride, poor comfort and equally poor handling. And they’re very noisy at highway speeds

Measure your tread with a gauge

Wipe road dirt off a section of tread. Then plunge the depth gauge into the tread at each edge and in the middle. The lowest reading is the measurement that determines tread depth


A Guide to Choosing the Right Tires for Your Truck or SUV

Every vehicle has an ideal tire that will maximize its performance and safety. It’s important to find the best tires to buy before buying new tires that might not be the best fit for your vehicle’s performance or the road conditions you’re likely to face.

Tire specifications can drastically affect a vehicle’s performance, so it’s critically important to find a tire size that properly fits your truck or SUV. For instance, not only will an incorrect outer diameter possibly not fit your rims, but torque, traction control, and gear settings are all determined by the distance a wheel travels in one revolution and an incorrect diameter can damage these important systems. The wrong tire size can also alter the weight distribution and handling of your vehicle, making it harder to control. Poor weight distribution also applies stress to different areas of the vehicle, and this stress can burn out the transmission or differential. Tires that are too large or small, too narrow or wide, or too short or tall can also have a dramatic impact on the accuracy of your speedometer and odometer readings and your gas mileage.

When to Buy New Tires

When deciding whether or not it’s time to replace your tires, it’s important to consider the milestones of tire wear.

Other Warning Signs of Tire Wear

The penny test is a great way to check for wear, but it’s not the only indication that’s it time for new tires

Wear Indicator Bar:

These are bars that appear when the tire tread wears. They run perpendicular to the direction of the tread, and once they are flush with the rest of the tread, this is a sign that tires should be changed. The wear indicator bar might be more visible within tire tracks than on the tire itself


Secret Tips How to Choose the Best Truck Tire

When it comes to tires we have an enormous and almost confusing range to choose from, depending on value, manufacturer, design and specifications. Tires throughout the years have been designed, modified and developed to performance perfection. But it was not always like that.

As the story goes, it all started way back in the 1880’s! That’s when Scot John Boyd Dunlop was watching his son riding down the country road on his tri-cycle. He was having problems riding on solid rubber tires, going slow and looking pretty uncomfortable.

In trying to help his son to have a better experience, Dunlop took the tri-cycle, wrapped its wheels in thin rubber sheets, glued them together and inflated them with a football pump. That was the very first air cushioning system known in history. Dunlop developed the basic foundation and the concept of a pneumatic tire.

Businesses often overlook them, but why are tires so important?

Not everyone is concerned with the history of an item, understandable. But often unknown is why things are developed and made the way they are. With businesses being so concerned with profit margins, training, ever changing regulations, aging vehicles, inspections, and staffing concerns it is easy to over look the single most important piece of equipment: The tires

Determine your budget and choose the tires according to your company type

Tires are expensive, and we are looking for every way possible to save money. Most of the times we shy away from the top quality, and we would like to save a few pennies more by purchasing the cheaper deal