Step 1: Figure out your tire size.
Tires come in different sizes, and it’s not as simple as small, medium, and large. Your tire size is a number from 13 to 22. That number tells you the wheel diameter in inches. There are a few different ways you can find out your tire size.
- Check the informational placard printed on your driver’s side door. There you’ll find the wheel diameter necessary for your specific vehicle.
- Or, examine your current set of tires. You should see a block of numbers and letters on the sidewall of one of your tires. The last number in that code is your tire size. For example, if your tire says P215/65R15, the diameter of the wheel is 15 inches.
Step 2: Compare tire types. Choose the one that’s best for you.
There are a lot of different types of tires on the market. This is the part of tire shopping that can overwhelm some shoppers. Don’t let it! Check out this quick rundown of the various types available for most cars, trucks, minivans, crossovers, and SUVs. There are pros and cons to every type, so it’s all about choosing the tire that works best for your lifestyle, environment, and priorities.
- Pro: These tires are good for mild weather year-round. You’ll enjoy a smooth, quiet ride and great fuel efficiency in most seasons.
- Con: All-season tires don’t perform as well as winter tires do in extreme weather, like sub-zero temperatures or snowstorms.
- Pro: If you live somewhere that does get sub-zero temperatures, ice, and snow, look into winter tires. These tires are made from rubber that stays supple in the coldest weather. Their deep treads give you traction through whatever slush, snow, and ice you have to conquer.
- Con: Winter tires need to be swapped out for summer or all-season tires once temperatures even out.