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SUV Tires

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SUV Tires

Jason Gluckman
March 13, 2006

SUV tires are specially designed tires, which work well in both on- and off-road conditions. Most SUV tires are wider than a traditional car tire. Compared with standard passenger car tires, SUV tires tend to have shorter lives but are designed to handle bigger impacts. All-season tires designed for all situations are the most popular form of SUV tires.

The main considerations when purchasing SUV tires are traction, tread wear characteristics, and temperature resistance. Traction stands for the tire's capability to stop on wet pavement. Tread wear depends on the fuel economy ratings of the tire. Temperature resistance represents the tire's ability to oppose the production of heat. Proper tire pressure is the most important aspect in maintaining SUV tires. Tire-pressure monitors identify the pressure variations. Speed ratings let us know how fast a tire is rated to perform safely at suggested air pressures.

All-season SUV tires are the most cost effective type of tires. The tread pattern design provides smooth ride while delivering sufficient traction in most situations. In order to get extra traction, SUV all-terrain tires are used. SUV mud-terrain tires have the largest tread designs, which provide extreme traction in off-road conditions. Other types include all-weather tires, performance tires, ultra hi-performance tires, and touring tires. Most SUV come with tires designed for off-road traction rather than low rolling resistance.

SUV tires are rated based on snow/ice performance, cornering and emergency handling, resistance to hydroplaning, dry-road traction, rolling resistance, and performance in braking. Manufactures provide all the necessary information on SUV tire sizes, construction, replacement, driving tips, classifications, and most prominently, appropriate tire maintenance. Before buying SUV tires, always follow the tire pressure and loading guidelines of the vehicle manufacturer. Make sure that the tire is suitable for the conditions you will be driving in. Never purchase a tire with lower speed rating or load index than the original tires on the vehicle. Check the specifications, designed using industry-approved methods. Use online shops and supermarkets to buy SUV tires.

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