Finding the Right Tires

For those who are not super familiar with cars or automotive repairs, the idea of choosing the right kind of tire can seem like a daunting task. What are the differences between the different types of wheels, or for what purpose might you need to get them? Questions like these can seem overwhelming if you don’t know what to keep an eye out for. Luckily, here at Barry’s Auto Body, we want to make sure all our customers and clients get the very best help we can give them to get them back out on the road safely. So, check out all of the different types of tires that we’re going to talk about below so that you know what to look out for the next time you go looking for a new set of tires!



These tires are meant for all seasons and are all around good, they perform well when it comes to traction in any season, and also perform well on the highway with comfort and handling.


Touring Tires are essentially the same as All-Season tires except for how much more responsive handling these tires have. These tires generally have a greater speed rating than the All-Season tires.


Performance tires tend to have better wet weather traction and also usually feature more dense tread compounds for better grip no matter what weather. These tires typically have a higher speed rating than the touring tires.


Summer tires are for…well summer! These tires are geared for performance in wet and dry conditions. They are not usually designed for all-season traction and tend to be optimized for warm weather, they have good grip and handling in wet and dry weather conditions. These tires are ideal for performance vehicles in warmer weather conditions.

Track and Competition

These tires are designed to deliver peak performance. These tires are rarely used for daily driving. They provide constant contact to the road in dry conditions but are different from the summer tires in the construction of the treads. If you are in a competition series or use your vehicle for ametuer or professional track days, these extreme tires are for you.


Highway tires have all-season tread patterns and are meant for vehicles with heavier loads and are meant to be comfortable on the pavement. These tires are usually made with more durable materials and tread patterns to improve the length of its usage and have enhanced all-season traction.


All-Terrain tires usually have bigger gaps in the tread pattern compared to other tires. These tires usually feature the Severe Weather Service symbol. These tires can handle sand, mud, gravel and have little to no on road discomfort. They provide great stability and comfort while also maintaining the off-road availability.


Mud-Terrain tires have extremely aggressive tread patterns compared to other tires because they are meant to get more traction in terrains that are soft such as sand and deeper muds. While good in mud and sand, they are less comfortable on roads and are noisier than other tires.


As the name entails, these tires are All-Purpose and are good for essentially everything. They provide decent off-road grip in soft road conditions while also being good for highways and normal roads. These tires are also often referred to as mild all-terrain tires.


Ribbed tires are made for amazing highway handling and to have a long lifetime. They tend to have enhanced stability even under vehicles with heavy loads and also has enhanced wet weather condition traction.

Sport Truck

These are for truck-like vehicles that want performance while also being similar to highway tires, and are meant for all kinds of weather conditions.


Snow tires, also sometimes known as Winter tires, are built with a tread design that is set with larger gaps than traditional tires. due to this wideset tread gap pattern, these tires allow for easier handling in inclement Winter weather conditions such as snow or ice.