How do I choose the best tires for my needs?

Hey there! Jared here from Tread Connection RTP. There is a way to approach a tire and find the right balance for the perfect match. Most of us are taught to keep up with the tire pressure, avoid curbs, keep watch on nail punctures BUT what about being familiar with the design of a tire.  After all, it is an investment and you should do your research and homework before dropping your hard-earned money on them. We will remind you that you’re in good hands because Tread Connection keeps you in mind ALL the time and we have the deets below and also learn how to choose a tire based on the design!

Let’s be real, tires are more than just a formed piece of rubber. They are a work of art. These designed rubber donuts have had thousands of research hours poured into them so you bypass the eight-hour walk back and forth between Raleigh and Durham. Instead, a quick 30 minute spin in your beloved ride is enjoyed. Now, do you classify a tire as a work of art? Keep reading so you don’t have to invest in running shoes anytime soon.

Blueprint of a tire showing the design spect of the wheel and tire    

Tire Designs

To help you with future tires we have broken down the design into four categories. These areas will help you decipher between the components, functions, technology placed behind them all to assist in choosing the right tire for your vehicle and match up for your driving conditions.

Tire Functions

There are four functions that are essential to maintain safety while driving and continue providing comfort (so glad we bypassed the stagecoach days).

  • The tires allow for shock absorption between you and the road.
  • They transfer the force of accelerating and braking to the ground. 
  • Tires guide and maintain direction.
  • Those four inflated donuts support the weight of the vehicle. 

Tire Construction

If you’re into science you will appreciate this category. A mixture of chemistry, physics, and engineering creates the recipe for components for a tire. Ingredients like synthetic rubber, steel, silica, carbon black, natural rubber, and polyester to name a few. Rubber compounding is developed from the ingredients mixed together while so many layers like tire casing and belt systems and many more are formed from within the tire all the way to the sidewall. 

This is a closeup view of the tops and sides of two tires

Tire Technology

The advancement in technology has led to more effective ways with tires. The compounds developed allow for traction to improve with snow, rain, and loose terrain. Innovations with sidewalls and tread patterns have brought the reliability of higher performing tires A-game way up. The thinking and hard work never stop.

Tire Types

Many types to choose from and all depends on the season, the climate, and what performance level you need. Here are a few of the most common.

  • All-season tires are the most used tire today. They are designed to withstand dry and wet conditions along with a little snow. If you stay within those parameters of conditions they are the most practical tire to choose. 
  • Summer tires are designed for you to become one with the road. You are able to get a much better feel and ride with confidence. The downside is less comfort while driving and creates more noise.
  • Winter tires are built to tread through snow, ice, and withstand cold temperatures. Make sure you invest in this type of tire in harsh winter weather.

A closeup of. tire showing the unique tread design



Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog. We hope you have a whole new appreciation for the art of a tire. When you’re ready to apply this knowledge. Tread Connection RTP is ready to deliver the best service along with an assortment of tires that will fit your needs best. Click here to request a quote or call us at 919.636.3338!