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Tire guide

Performance

Definition 
A general term describing a vehicle or tire’s braking, accelerating, handling, and traction

When is it important? 
All the time

Handling

Definition
How your tire responds to steering and braking

When is it important?
All the time

Rolling resistance

Definition
How easily a tire rolls across a surface

When is it important?
If you’re trying to reduce your fuel consumption

Wet grip

Definition
The tire’s road adherence and braking ability on a wet surface

When is it important?
For steering, stopping, and overall control of your vehicle

Dry grip

Definition
The tire’s road adherence and braking ability on a dry surface

When is it important?
For steering, stopping, and overall control of your vehicle

Cornering grip

Definition
How well the tire holds when taking corners

When is it important?
When you’re driving on winding roads

Aquaplaning resistance

Definition
The ability of a tire to shed water and retain its grip on wet roads

When is it important?
When you’re driving in the rain or on wet roads

Noise

Definition
The external noise a tire produces contributes to noise pollution in the surrounding environment. A tire that produces low internal noise will keep things quieter inside the car.

When is it important?
When you want a quiet journey for you and those around you

Comfort

Definition
A tire‘s ability to absorb shocks from bumps or other irregularities on the road

When is it important?
When you want to feel the car, not the bumps in the road

Mileage

Definition
An indication of the usable life of a tire. A “high mileage” tire is typically long-lasting.

When is it important?
All the time

Braking distance

Definition
The distance it takes for a vehicle to come to a complete stop after brakes are applied

When is it important?
On all road surfaces