Once pure functionality has been taken care of, other factors for tires are worth considering – things like low noise tires, or tires that can run at a higher PSI (which saves gas) are all factors to think of. Luxury cars typically have a ‘comfort tire’ which gives a quiet and smooth ride, while higher performance cars use different formulations, meant to grip the road more aggressively and give tighter control.

If you can afford it, it’s still a good practice to swap your tires out in the spring and the fall for different road conditions; this used to be mandatory in colder climates, but better rubber formulations haven’t made it as critical as it once was; it is, however, a good way to preserve the life of your tires, especially the more expensive cold weather ones, by not having them wear down on the summer streets. If you can’t afford two sets of tires, and the thought of changing all four of them sends you quivering, get a good set of all weather radials and work from there.

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