Tires, just like the cars that sit on them, can come fully loaded with features. Some tire manufacturers claim their tires can reduce the amount of stopping distance for your car, others aim to increase your car's fuel economy and some can be used safely even after they've been severely punctured. But even if you're just looking to replace your tires with another set matching the factory specifications, it's good to know the types of features available.
Most drivers purchase the all-season tire, which may not increase your car's miles per gallon, but will grip the road and perform well in most driving conditions, especially in dry weather [source: ConsumerSearch]. If you're looking for something that can handle more extreme conditions, you can purchase tires for your vehicle that are designed for exceptional traction on wet roadways or on snow- and ice-covered roads. Snow tires sometimes have a severe weather icon on the sidewall, usually a mountain with a snowflake inside, and they offer even more traction than a typical all-season tire [source: TireRack]. Regardless of the tires you decide to purchase, do some research on which type of features you want in a tire and determine the features that work best for you and your specific driving needs.
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