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Not everyone can be a tire expert, so we set out to provide you with some important information that will make picking the right tires for your vehicle easier. Read on to find out about some important considerations for city driving. When you’re ready to order wheels and tires, shop with Tire World USA! We are proud to have the most helpful customer service experts in the business and an unbeatable selection of the best brands.

Driving your car in a city is different than taking your car out on the interstate or off-roading because cities present unique dangers and conditions to your tires, including potholes, debris, and other conditions that aren’t as common on dirt roads or a highway.

Speed Ratings

S or T speed ratings are standard for most non-performance vehicles and are great for most drivers. Not only will they handle highway and in-city speeds, they will also last longer than tires built for high-performance vehicles.

If you want improved handling and grip, H or V tires are a good choice for faster vehicles as they can handle higher speeds. They probably won’t last as long as S or T rated tires, though.

Weather Ratings

For most drivers, all-season tires will be able to handle most normal driving conditions (dry, wet, some snow). If you live in an area that sees excessive amounts of precipitation or you drive on snowy or icy roads for several months out of the year, you may want to choose tires that are designed with these conditions in mind. Always remember that your tires are the only point of contact between the road and your car, and that the better your tires are, the safer and more comfortable your ride will be.

Tread is Important

No matter what speed or weather rating you choose, your treads are what helps keep your car safely on the road. Even if you drive on dry roads year round, having tires with adequate tread will make handling better and will make your driver safer.

Here’s a quick tread test: take a Lincoln penny and insert it head down into a tread. If Lincoln’s entire head is visible, your treads are too low and you need new tires. When you can see all of Mr. Lincoln’s head, that means that the treads are 1/16th of an inch (or less) deep. Perform this test on each tire every month or so to make sure your tires are wearing evenly and to know when it’s time for new tires.

A few other signs that you need new tires:

You have been driving on the same tires for more than five or six years
You notice that your tires are discolored, severely cracked, or crumbling

You Get What You Pay For

With tires, you really do get more when you spend more. From higher-quality materials to better tread design, more expensive tires will almost always perform better and last longer than bargain tires. Your tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle, so don’t skimp on them! If you’re having a hard time justifying the cost of new tires, think about the cost spread out over time. If you spend $500 on tires that will last for five years, that means that you’re really only paying $100 a year. Maybe you could spend $400 on more affordable tires but they may only last you for three years. Cheaper tires could end up costing you more money in the long run.

If you have more questions or you need help determining what tires are perfect for your vehicle, contact our customer service department today! Place an order now and get the best tires on the market for the best prices. Stay tuned to our blog for more information about finding the right wheels and tires for your car, truck, or SUV. At Tire World USA, we want to make sure that everybody has access to high-quality wheels and tires at affordable prices. Our site makes it easy for you to input information about your car and see all of the options that are available to you. We also offer free shipping to all 48 lower contiguous states and everything that we sell comes with our 100 percent fitment guarantee.