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Are All-Season or Performance Tires Best for My Car?

If it's time for new tires, or maybe you just want to change up the look of the old ones, you might ask yourself: which is better, all season, or performance tires? Both types of tires have a large range of options, and both will offer you a different driving and road experience.

The all-season tire is designed to be used all year, with features to increase road grip and handling in dry or wet weather. These will be the most common tires you'll find on sedans and four doors. They are a jack of all trades, doing everything with reasonable effectiveness, but are the masters no one thing. They don't have the handling and cornering

of the performance (summer) tire, but they will get you through most rain, ice and snow adequately, something summer tires will not be able to do. They are a middle ground between all-out performance, and compromises for the weather.

The performance tire, or summer tire, is one that promises increased handling, and maximized surface contact. This means more of the tread is in contact with the road, making the handling a little sharper, cornering closer, and the tire the darling of the sport car set. This wider tread contact and response usually comes in the low profile tires, which also provide a sporty look. These tinnier tires also tend to make the ride a bit more bumpy and also noisier than all-season tires.

To help decide which tire best fits your car and lifestyle, take the quiz below.

Do you own a sports car?
Which is more important to you: performance or safety?
Is there a lot of rain where you'll be driving?
Do you plan to use the same tires year-round?
Are your tires for a sedan or four door?
Is the climate cool or warm where you live?