Buying new tires stirs many questions. What type of tire do I need? Are cheaper ones safe? These six offer durability and safety but won't break the bank.
Best all-terrain tire: Its saw-tooth tread and deep center grooves provide excellent off-road driving capabilities and improved wet and dry traction. The design isn’t overly bulky, which keeps noise down to a minimum when driving on freeways, while the 2,039-pound load capacity is ample for most SUVs. However, it doesn’t match the capability of a true winter tire. Available at Amazon
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Best bang for your buck: Supplied in most sizes, this all-around option is great for most weather conditions — it isn’t the best on snow. It features visual alignment indicators to avoid irregular tire wear. The tread is designed using low-surface-abrasion technology for improved durability. It has excellent stability throughout the speed range with minimal road noise or vibration. Available at Amazon
Best snow tire: This tire is designed to remain flexible in freezing conditions with a unique multi-cell compound. Its microscopic bite particles and three-dimensional zigzag sipes combine to provide confident braking on ice and snow but is noisy on dry roads. It is available in sizes ranging from 15-18 inches, making it suitable for most midsize cars and light trucks. Available at Amazon
Best all-season tire: With high performance in various weather conditions, this tire is excellent for everyday use. The tread has large grooves and a combination of lateral and diagonal sipes for enhanced traction in snow and ice. It has an optimized profile for improved mileage and fuel consumption while reducing CO2 emissions. But its size options aren’t suitable for small cars. Available at Amazon
Best high-performance tire: This tire is designed for high-speed cornering and traction and offers excellent performance on wet roads. It delivers one of the shortest braking distances, along with dependable handling in light snow. Its speed rating of up to 150 mph is suitable for most performance cars. It has a 45,000-mile warranty. Available at Amazon
Best of the best: This all-around choice provides a comfortable ride in most weather conditions (performance is sub-par on snow or ice). With an 80,000-mile tread-life warranty, this is one of the most durable tires around. It features specialized rain grooves to increase hydroplane resistance and is available in 32 sizes, making it compatible with most cars and light vans. Available at Amazon
Based on the standard Ram 1500 light-duty pickup, the devilishly powerful TRX uses the same engine as Dodge’s Charger and Challenger Hellcats — a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces 702 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Landscaping and gardening tools that are electric- or gas-powered may require maintenance or service before you use them this season. Electric tools like a cordless hedge trimmer will need to be charged fully prior to use. If the rechargeable battery doesn’t hold a charge as well as it used to, you may need to replace it. Gas-powered tools need their fluids and tires checked.
Occasionally driving your vehicle around the block will help keep the battery charged and in good health. It will also prevent rust from building up on the rotors, which if left unchecked could cause irreversible damage and will also prevent the tires from flat spotting. Flat spotting is when the rubber degrades quicker in one spot due to compression, which will cause an incurable vibration.
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The Carters will leave Tuesday from Yorktown, dipping their bike tires in the Atlantic (in reality the York River, but close enough to count), and if all goes well, they will conclude their journey by dipping their tires in the Pacific, in Astoria, Ore., mostly following the TransAmerica Trail.