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All Season

This tire is designed for good handling and comfort while on the highway as well as all-season traction. The all-season tire features circumferential grooves and symmetrical tread pattern to enhance gripping during wet weather.

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All-Purpose

All-purpose (A/P) tires also known as trail tires, feature a slightly more aggressive look than a highway tire but feature fewer sipes. An A/P tires provides moderat off-road grip via overlapping blocks. They are referred to as a mild all-terrain tire.

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All-Terrain

All-terrain tires are commonly referred to as A/T. They typically have a more aggressive tread pattern what trail tires and highway tires have. A/T tires have more voids and larger tread blocks. This provides better traction in off-road conditions in elements such as light mud, gravel and sand. This creates minimal to no on-road discomfort.

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ATV/UTV

ATV/UTV tires come in various styles just like vehicle tires. A good rule of thumb is the more aggressive tread pattern, the more aggressive the usage of the tire can be.

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Highway

Highway tires feature an all-season tread pattern with siping and are designed for heavier loads. They are made up of durable compounds and a tread pattern that can resist uneven tread wear. This increases a longer lasting tread life and also creates a comfortable drive on pavement.

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Mud-Terrain

The mud-terrain (M/T) tires have an extremely aggressive tread pattern that consists of very large blocks and more voids. These features allow the tire to gain more traction in softer terrains like sand and mud. The sidewall also has an aggressive look and are commonly reinforced to prevent tearing and punctures that could occur during off-roading. Mud-terrain tires are often noisier and less comfortable while driven on-road.

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Performance

Performance tires have larger lateral and circumferential grooves, silica enriched tread compounds and dense siping for increased wet weather traction. Speed ratings for performance tires are higher than touring tires.

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Ribbed

These tires are designed with long lasting mileage and great highway handling in mind. They have a solid rib tread the enhances stability. Ribbed tires are commonly used for commercial vehicles, especially if they can encounter a large amount of highway miles.

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Spare

There are two types of spare tires available; full-size and compact. The full-size spare tire is a tire that is the same type of tire as the OEM. Compact spare tires are made for temporary use only. They require higher PSI than standard tires. Typically, compact tires are only rated for up to 50 miles and speeds only up to 50 mph. Compact tires are commonly referred to as donut spares.

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Sport Truck

Sport truck tires made to work in a wide variety of weather conditions with the use of asymmetrical all-season tread patterns. Sipes in the tread pattern do help with traction but there are not as many sipes as on a highway tire. They also feature a higher speed rating than what a highway tire offers.

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Summer

These tires are tailored for performance in both dry and wet conditions and not designed for all-season traction. Summer tires are optimum for warm weather. They are constructed using little to no siping, circumferential grooves to resist hydroplaning and solid contact patches. These tires are great for performance vehicles that are in warmer climates.

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Touring

Touring tires are designed to give a comfortable ride, more responsive handling and reliable all-season traction. These tires typically have a higher speed rating than all-season touring tires and can feature an asymmetrical tread pattern.

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Track/Competition

Track and competition tires are like street performance tires in that they made to deliver the utmost performance, offer constant contact with the road (in dry conditions) and are seldomly used for daily driving. The construction of track and competition tires differ from summer tires by featuring kevlar or aramid sidewall reinforcements and high-tech body. These tires may be D.O.T approved but are generally used during competitions and on tracks.

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Trailer

Trailer tires come in different constructions; radial or bias ply. Radial ply tires offer a smoother ride and are better for highway driving applications. Bias ply tires have the ability to carry a larger amount of weight for extended periods of time.

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Winter

Winter tires are designed to give you the best traction possible while in winter conditions (below 45 degrees) with the use of deep circumferential grooves and heavy siping. These features allow for any snow and slush to be expelled while driving. There are two types of winter tires to choose from. The first type of winter tires is studded winter tires. These tires feature small metal pins or studs that allow for traction during driving on icy surfaces. Studded winter tires can cause discomfort and additional noise while driving and are illegal is some states. Please check your state laws if you are considering studded tires for your vehicle.

The second type of winter tires are non-studded winter tires. These tires have the same features as studded tires, only without the use of the pins or studs.

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