You have several tire choices depending on how you use your vehicle and how long you want them to last.
In order to get good mileage from your tires you must...
- Refill the air every 3 months
- Rotate the tires every 12,000 miles
- Having an alignment and front end inspection every 24,000 miles or 2 years.
To help you make an informed decision about all the different tires, the government asks the tire manufacturers to use a standard grading system which is described below.
MILEAGE RATING 400 A B = The number 400 is your mileage rating guide for your tires. This number denotes the amount of miles you will get if you balance and rotate your tires regularly and keep the front end aligned properly, with 700 referring to the highest mileage and 220 referring to the lowest mileage. Our example is using 400...Warning: this figure is exaggerated or ignored altogether with misleading ads, but you can get an honest and realistic mileage rating by multiplying it times one hundred. Example: 400 rating x 100 = 40,000 mile tire.
TRACTION RATING 400 A B = The letter A is your traction rating guide for your tires. This letter denotes the rating of traction with the A referring to the best and C the worst. Our example is showing the best traction with the letter A.
TEMPERATURE RATING 400 A B = The letter B is your temperature rating guide for the tire. This rating is more important if you are buying high end or premium tires.