What is a Touring Tire?

Tires-Easy Tire Buying Guide, Tire Technology

Packing for a cross country road trip. Spending endless miles on the highway. Taking the scenic route.

That’s the story of our summer.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway with a few of your closest friends or a full-on family affair (kids and dog included), getting ready for a road trip is simultaneously exciting and stressful. You’re worried about forgetting to pack something, but at the same time, you know it won’t be a big deal once you finally reach your destination. We agree that if you get to where you’re going, those few forgotten items seem trivial in the grand scheme of things.

But, like we said, that’s only if you get to where you’re going.

Not reaching your destination is a whole other story. And yet, we’ve all been in that scenario. The one where you’re just 2 hours out from where you’re going and then suddenly – whoosh. Flat tire. Conveniently in the middle of nowhere.

And now all the little things that you overlooked prior to your departure don’t seem so little anymore. Checking your tires before venturing on a hundred-mile road trip probably would have been a good idea, but as they say, hindsight is 20-20. Luckily, this is all completely hypothetical and hopefully hasn’t yet happened to you this summer. Since you still have time to prepare before your next major trip, here’s a little advice: Take a look at your tires.

If your vehicle isn’t currently sporting a set of touring tires, you may want to stop and consider their benefits:

Touring tires are tires designed specifically for all your driving purposes. They provide longer tread life as well as improved wet/dry traction because of their all-season ratings. Many consumers find these tires perfect for long distance travel due to their smooth driving and quiet ride. Overall, they provide predictable, balanced handling, while evolving to include more performance features as well. Several tire manufacturers have different variations on the definition of a touring tire, however it is basically a jack-of-all-trades tire, delivering well-rounded performance in all categories.

A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute found that on average, “Americans drive the least during the winter months (January through March) and the most during the summer months (July through September) at 30.6 miles per day.” Not to mention, summer driving is significantly more dangerous due to factors such as increased road congestion, bikes on the road, construction sites, and overheating engines. And not surprisingly, tire blowouts also rank high on that list.

To ease your worries on the potential dangers of road tripping this summer, ensure that your tires are going to go the distance and not check out when the going gets tough. Touring tires are perfect for the endless miles of highway driving you’re about to embark on. These tires are all in for the scenic route, for the topsy turvy roads, and for the endless miles of adventure that lies ahead.

Purchasing a set of touring tires before your next big road trip will ensure that your car is equipped to face the challenges of summer driving. And if anything, it’s worth setting your mind at ease so you can kick back, relax, and jam out to your summer road trip tunes. Happy touring!

Come on over to tires-easy.com and check out our wide variety of touring tires in a variety of sizes, specs, and brands. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your vehicle!