Are you a newbie driver wanting to get your new set of wheels? Or an experienced one but still having difficulty choosing? Fret not, check this guide for an easier time deciding which tire to buy.

Here are questions you have to answer before purchasing that tire set you’ve been eyeing for months:

  • What type of tires does my car need?
  • How many miles will these tires last?
  • How much am I willing to spend?

All ready? Let’s go!

Type of Car Tires

Summer Tires

Summer tires are not just “summer” tires. They can be used in almost all seasons, except winter. These summer tires are designed to deliver dry- and wet-weather traction in moderate or warm weather.

Winter Tires

Winter tires, or as others have called in the past, snow tires are designed to provide traction in the snow and slippery winter roads. No kind of tire can match the amazing traction and turning capability provided by winter times during this condition, thus, making them the best option for the winter season.

All-Season Tires

As the name suggests, all-season tires are designed to work and provide acceptable all-around capability throughout the year whatever the weather condition. Given that they are for “all seasons,” people naturally leave them for the winter too. They are not wrong, though you can still use them, they cannot provide traction and turning capability like snow tires can.

Tire Size and Other Elements

Tire Size

To replace your tires with something appropriate and equivalent, you have to know the proper size. Car and light truck tires’ size is usually expressed in a short series of numbers and letters directly imprinted on them looking like this – 215/50R13.  

  • 215 – indicates the width of the tire at its widest point in millimeters
  • 50 – indicates how tall the sidewall is as a percentage of the width (also called aspect ratio)
  • R – indicates that it is a radial tire
  • 13 – diameter of the wheel in inches that the tire must mount to

Speed Rating

Aside from tire size, tires also carry a speed rating. Speed rating indicates how fast they can safely go for an extended time and the overall performance potential of the tires. The speed rating is expressed as a letter in the alpha-numeric code you can see following the tire size – letters range from L to Y.

Tread-Wear Information

Tires will have a tread-wear bar (a small strip of rubber) going across the tire which is usually at 2/32″ depth. Measuring tread depth with a tire depth gauge across each tread per tire can give you an idea about alignment, tire pressure, and how a tire wears on your specific car.


Budget is always one of the considerations when buying anything. No matter how low or high your budget is, it is important to find a trusted seller who can cater to your need without sacrificing quality. Enter Wayside Customz. 

Wayside Customz remains your trusted choice in the total wheel, rim, and tire sales, as well as repair services, and more. As your experienced source for all things related to your new wheels, you can rely on us for any options.

Our locations carry more brands, manufacturers, alloys, and styles, helping you find your ideal upgrades, all at affordable daily pricing. And with our free service options included with every repair and purchase, your vehicle stays in good hands every day. See why more drivers throughout the community continue to choose our wheel shops for their upgrades and repairs. No one customizes your cars, trucks, and other vehicles for less like our talented team of wheel experts.

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