Tires 101

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The 3 Rs of eco-friendly tires

Tires are getting greener, thanks to new raw materials, lower rolling resistance, and improved recycling.
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Understanding Thrust Angle and Alignment
Let’s explore the mysteries of vehicle alignment and thrust.
Best Mud Tires for Street Driving
Need a tire that can chew up the mud but play nice on the street? These get our thumb‘s up.
Cooper Discoverer AT3 Tire Review
The Cooper Discoverer series is winning over 4x4 and SUV drivers. But how do you choose between 3 great options?
Cooper Discoverer SRX Review
The Cooper Discoverer SRX was engineered for all-season, on-road driving for your SUV or CUV. Here’s why we love it.
Insider look at the Cooper Discoverer True North tire
A true winter tire, The True North can tackle the worst weather. Winter has met its match.
Hankook Dynapro AT2 Tire Review
We reviewed the new, all-terrain tire from Hankook that combines the perfect blend of off-road capabilities and comfort.
BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3 review
Made for wanderers and explorers, the BFG Mud Terrain delivers extreme off-road performance.
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tire Review
The BFGoodrich KO2 is the fourth generation of a top-rated, all-terrain tire. Here are 10 things we think you should know about it.
What happens when you get the wrong tire size
Are you thinking of putting larger or smaller tires on your vehicle? We’ll tell you why that may not be a good idea.
Understanding the importance of the caster
Can ‘caster’ improve your performance and handling? More than you might think.
Which tires wear faster – front or rear?
Uneven tire wear is a problem. Here’s what should you do if your front and rear are wearing at different rates.
Common questions about all season tires
All season tires may not be what you think. Our FAQs will settle this often misunderstood category.
Where are my tires made?
Where was your tire born? That’s a tricky question, but we can help you find the answer.
Five things you need to know about the Nitto Ridge Grappler tire
You don’t have to be a hardcore off-roader to appreciate the grip, strength & quality of the Nitto Ridge Grappler.
Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 Tire Review
The new Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 tire is one of the most advanced all-season high performance tires you can buy.
Get the scoop on the Continental TrueContact Tour and Continental PureContact LS Tire
Looking for a tire with reliable traction and performance, strong comfort attributes, and long tread life? Continental has you covered.
Tire size equivalent chart for 33", 35", 37" or 40" tires
The decision on what size tire will fit your rig can be downright confusing. Here's some help.
All-Season Tires versus Summer Tires
Consider your climate when it comes to choosing tires.
All-Season versus All-Weather tires
The very real difference between All-Season and All-Weather tires.
Summer tires – do you need them?
Sunny weather & warmer temps may dictate summer tires. Learn more.
Eco-friendly tire technology
In the past, tires were environmental enemies – but now, the tire industry is changing its ways.
Trailer tires: Radial vs. bias-ply
Which is best for your trailer and hauling needs? Learn the pros and cons of radial and bias-ply trailer tires.
What’s included with new tires?
We get it – tires are expensive. So if you’re worried about extra costs, check out this article.
Are my tires directional?
Learn what a directional tire is, and the road/weather conditions where directional tires excel.
Two new tires – front or back?
Only need two new tires? Find out where to mount the new tires for the best traction and performance.
What does “UTQG” mean?
Along with the mileage warranty, this treadwear rating may help you predict how long a tire will last.
Build a DIY tire storage rack
Check out this time-lapse video and watch us make a simple tire rack for storing extra tires.
Frequently asked questions
Have questions about your order, our products, payment options, or shipping policies? Find the answers here.
Tire anatomy and construction
Ever wondered what a "carcass ply" is? We'll peel back the tread and show you what's underneath.
Tire glossary
In an effort to demystify the world of tires, with its confusing terminology, technology, and "tirespeak," we present the TireBuyer Tire Glossary.
What is low rolling resistance?
Gas prices are still sky-high, so let’s talk about rolling resistance and how you could save some $$ on gas.
Tire disposal fees we collect
Nobody likes fees, but at least these fees go towards finding new uses for recycled tires. That's cool.
Your tire's contact patch
True or false? The part of a tire that contacts the ground is only about the size of your hand.
Intro to run flat tires
If you've ever gotten a flat in the middle of nowhere, it's easy to see the appeal of run-flats. But are they really all that?
Original Equipment tires vs. replacement tires
Is it best to stick with your car's Original Equipment tires, or try something different? We'll help you decide.
How tires are made
It's complicated, there are multiple layers, and you can't have it all. Are tires just like relationships?
DOT Tire Identification Number
It isn't fun, cool, or even remotely exciting. But it can be pretty useful, once you know what it is.
5 tips to avoid flat tires
Give your tires a little TLC with these five easy tips, and avoid going flat on the road.
How to avoid road trip perils
From running out of gas to toilet troubles, we’ll help you avoid these common highway hassles.
Fixing your car: DIY or mechanic?
We outline which vehicle maintenance tasks are easy to tackle on your own - and when to call in a pro.
Prevent tire cracking/dry rot
You can’t always protect tires from the elements, but here are some things you can do to prolong tire life.
All-Season Tires versus All-Terrain Tires
Making sense of the All-Season vs. All-Terrain decision.
You can’t get far on a flat. But how long can you drive on a spare?
Here’s some guidance, and things to consider.
How to determine the age of your tires
Know how old your tires are? Here’s a quick way to find out.
What to do when a tire blows out?
Tire blow outs aren’t common, but if the unlikely happens to you here’s some practical advice on how to deal with the situation.

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