Western Nissan Tire Centre in Moose Jaw
Types of Tires
Choosing the right tire for your vehicle can seem difficult with the multitude of brands and types of tires available. Thankfully Western Nissan is here to help you understand the difference between the three main types of tire.
- Summer Tires: Summer tires, as the same suggests, are designed to work best in warm summer conditions. They are typically optimized for maximum grip in dry conditions, but can also handle wet and rainy weather. However, they become virtually useless once the weather turns cold
- Winter Tires: Just as their name suggests, winter tires are designed to work best in the cold, snowy conditions of winter. Their softer rubber and chunky treads are designed to help your vehicle perform its best in the snow and ice, but wear quickly if used in summer
- All-Season Tires: All-season tires are designed to provide adequate grip in any season. A jack of all trades, but a master of none, you’ll want to use summer or winter tires if you’re looking for optimal performance for a particular season.
How Tires Effect Your Fuel Economy
Believe it or not, but your tires can have an appreciable effect on your fuel economy. Here’s how:
- Tire Pressure: Tires that are under-inflated have an increased rolling resistance. This means that your engine has to work harder, and use more fuel, in order to keep the tires rolling. So make sure your tires are properly pumped-up!
- Wheel Alignment: If your tires have become misaligned over time due to bumps, potholes, and natural wear, it can decrease your fuel economy as your vehicle’s engine must use more fuel to overcome the increased friction
- Type of Tire: Some types of tires naturally have greater rolling resistance, and thus lower your fuel economy. Super-sticky summer rubber may give your car race-car-like grip, but they also increase your fuel consumption. Chunky off-road tires also increase the amount of fuel your truck uses with their blocky treads and wider footprint