Performance tires are exactly what they sound like – they are designed to provide enhanced performance in the form of higher speed capability, shorter stopping distance, improved manoeuvrability and better gripping power. Every power driver’s dream.
Whether or not they are right for you depends on your lifestyle and your requirements. These tired do cost more than a set of summer tires or all-season tires. If you are using your vehicle just for driving to work and back with the odd run to the supermarket, it is not worth upgrading to a set of performance tires. However, if long distance driving along the highways is something you do regularly, I would definitely recommend installing performance tires.
Features of Performance Tires
Performance tires have the same elements as standard passenger tires. The difference between the two is that performance tires are fine-tuned to offer maximum performance attributes.
These are some of the features that provide the enhanced capabilities in performance tires:
The apex in performance tires is wider and stiffer for improved cornering power.
The belts are at a lower angle as compared to standard tires, which makes them more responsive.
Large tread blocks in performance tires provide better try traction and grip.
The material used for performance tires is optimized for better grip and traction on dry as well as wet roads.
Performance Tires VS Winter Tires
If you do decide to go in for performance tires, it is important to know that these cannot be used as a replacement for winter tires. All of their enhanced capabilities are only applicable to regular road conditions. These tires do not offer the gripping power that is so necessary for driving on roads covered in snow, ice or slush. Call Orleans AutoPro for more information on performance tires. You can read more about winter tires here.