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What are Performance Tires?

Learn all about performance tires with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

When you’re shopping for new tires, you have plenty of options to choose from. You may find cheap tires or discount tires online, with little clue as to what you’re actually shopping for. With the different kinds of tires available, you may find yourself asking about performance tires. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can have a better understanding of the pros and cons of buying performance tires for your car.

Better Handling and Braking

Performance tires provide tight handling and stiff steering response. The tires also have better grip which equals shorter breaking distances and high cornerning speeds. The stiff sidewalls of performance tires are what give you good cornering and sharp steering response. The tread patterns are designed for great dry-surface traction. However, the downfall is that they aren’t meant for all driving conditions. Performance tires are not meant for driving in snow and ice.

What are Performance Tires?
If you’re looking for sticky tires with high speed ratings and stiff steering response, performance tires may be for you.

High Speed Rating

Performance tires have higher speed ratings than your average passenger or touring tire. You’ll find the speed rating listed as part of the tire size. The higher the speed rating the stiffer the sidewalls, which means shorter tread life. If high performance is what you’re after, you’ll have to be willing to sacrifice the tread life of your tires.

Are Performance Tires Right for You?

When you’re deciding if performance tires are right for you, you need to think about what you’re using your vehicle for. If you love driving your car and you want great cornering and handling, performance tires are for you. If you own a sports car, performance tires are a great way to bring out the car’s personality when you drive it.

Performance tires are also offered in small SUV and CUV sizes if you have a bigger vehicle but still like to gun it on the off-ramp once in a while.

Passenger tires may not have the high speed or performance of a performance tire, but that might not be what’s important to you. The short stopping distances and emergency maneuvering capabilities of performance tires are great safety features. However, if you want tires with long tread life and speeds adequate for normal highway driving, a passenger or touring tire will work just as well.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find performance tires from quality brands like Cooper Tire, Pirelli and Goodyear. You can shop for performance tires online with our tire lookup feature, or visit your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Our automotive service center offers tire services such as tire rotation, tire repair and more. Request a quote online or call 1-800-365-9936 to schedule an appointment.


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