Performance sounds good on paper, but is it good for you?
Owners of sports cars typically want the better handling, response times and traction control that comes to mind when owning these kinds of cars. With their unique tread design and construction, not to mention the upgraded materials used to make these tires, it’s not hard to see how other drivers might be interested.
But do you need them?
Most performance tire owners have a sports car, exotic or racing car, or even a coupe. If you enjoy the drive for the sake of the drive in one of these kinds of cars, then you should definitely look into these tires. But if you have a four-door sedan or a minivan, then skip them for a solid all-weather tire.
To put it plainly: Performance tires aren’t cheap.
While a ‘regular’ tire can range from $50-$150 each, performance tires run from $300 to $1000 per tire depending on the brand. All the perks drivers love about them – the handling, traction control and even better stopping – these all add money to the material and construction of the tire, which means an uptick in the overall cost of the set.
Add in a compromise in fuel efficiency compared to a ‘regular’ tire, and they may not be what you need, especially if your vehicle is used for a commute or in town driving.
Performance Over Comfort
When you get a performance tire, you are trading comfort for handling. Not to mention durability and fuel economy. An all-weather tire is meant to carry a heavier load than a lighter, sportier car, and tend to last longer. Performance tires aren’t built for longer drives with the family, even if they do stop better when traveling at higher speeds.
Made a Decision?
Whether you decide you need a performance or an all-weather ‘regular’ tire for any of your vehicles, the experienced technicians at the Alaska Tire Service on Diamond Boulevard in Anchorage, AK, are here to help you. Their knowledgeable staff will answer any questions and get you back on the road in no time! Contact the office for your appointment today!