When choosing tires it is important to consider what kind of driving and what kind of conditions you will be encountering. There is also the need to consider whether you are in the market for one set of tires to be used year-round or if changing tires during the year can be considered. The main reason people consider changing tires is if they live in an area with severe winters where winter tires are the best option. Winter tires are by far the best choice if you live in an area with severe winter weather. Whether you choose non-studded tires or studded tires, winter tires remain the best option for superior grip and traction on snow and ice.
Some other things to consider when buying tires are what kind of driving you will be doing, what kind of car you drive, what kind of weather conditions you will be driving in and, last but not least, your budget. Obviously, if you have a high-performance car you should look into some high-quality tires with appropriate speed rating, an indicator of the maximum safest speed the tire can be driven. Usually this speed rating is way above the legal speed limit, but that is not to say a higher speed rating is not necessary. Usually tires with a higher speed rating have greater levels of handling and cornering grip, something that obviously makes the car handle better.
There is also the question of whether to get all-season tires, all-weather tires or dedicated winter tires. And if that decision wasn’t complicated enough, there is also the choice between studded or non-studded winter tires. Generally, where you live will dictate what kind of tires you will need because if you live in an area with severe winters and do not want to change tires into winter tires in the winter, your only other option would be all-weather tires. The reason for this is that all-weather tires are marked with the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, like winter tires, which indicates they have met the required performance criteria in snow testing and are thereby considered severe snow service-rated. On the other hand, if you reside in an area with no real winter season you are able to invest in all-season tires for year-round use.