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Toyota of Orlando explains
car tire types
Whether you’re buying new or just keeping up with car care, it’s helpful to know what types of
car tires are available to you. After all, your car tires can make or break your performance and
driving experience, so it’s critical that you have the right type both for your vehicle and your
drive time needs. However, there are tons of options available and we know that it can be
overwhelming to try and choose. Toyota of Orlando is here with a quick and simple guide to car
tires put together by our trained Orlando Toyota service techs. Check it out!
The main types of car tires
Type #1: Summer tires
Summer tires are suited for both dry and wet driving conditions, but perform best in areas of
the country where temperatures don’t go much below 45 degrees. These tires have unique
tread patterns with orbital grooves in them that help improve handling, especially in dry
Type #2: Winter or Snow tires
Winter or snow tires are best suited for areas of the country that see harsh winter weather with
lots of snow, ice, and slush. These tires are made of a special type of rubber that remains
pliable even when the temperatures drop drastically low, which makes them both safer and
more durable for driving in winter weather. Additionally, these car tires have deep treads with
lots of grooves and channels to cut through snow and slush and still provide traction.
Type #3: All-season tires
All-season tires are suitable for all seasons - they can handle wet weather, dry weather, and
even light snow. They’re not the best choice for harsh winter weather, though, so if you live in
an area that gets a lot of snow, you may want to consider swapping them out for winter tires
that time of the year. All-season tires have two common subtypes: passenger and touring.
Passenger tires oﬀer a comfortable ride and last a long time, while touring tires oﬀer better
handling and a quieter driving experience.
Type #4: Truck tires
Truck tires come in four main subtypes - here’s the breakdown:
• Oﬀ-road tires are best for tricky terrain oﬀ the pavement, like thick mud, loose sand, and
• Highway tires are designed to provide a smooth and quiet ride even at high speeds.
• Performance tires are best for handling, cornering, and high speeds.
• All-terrain tires oﬀer versatility - they can handle the pavement but also tackle terrain like
gravel, light mud, and sand.
Type #5: Performance tires
Performance tires aren’t just for Orlando Toyota sports cars - you can pretty much put them on
whatever vehicle you want. They’re designed to be wider, which means a low proﬁle look and
more traction on the road. This additional traction means you have superior handling and
cornering capabilities and can take on high speeds. These car tires come in four subtypes -
performance, high performance, ultra-high performance, and competition.
Get answers to all of your tire questions at Toyota of
Have questions? Call us! Toyota of Orlando is ready and waiting at (407) 298-4500. We’re also
open if you want to stop by and see us at 3575 Vineland Road, just oﬀ I-4 across from the