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Buy 3 Select Tires, Get the 4th Free Instantly
Buy 3 Tires, Get 4th Tire Free Instantly. Receive a discount equal to the price of a single tire when four tires are added to the cart. Valid on select in stock tires only. Those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results & product detail pages. All other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer. Valid when scheduled for installation on PepBoys.com and installation is completed between 5/26/16 through 6/1/16.

Typically Unavoidable Performance Trade-offs

When you’re ready for your next set of tires, you’ll also need to be ready to decide on the most important feature you expect from your tires: A smooth, quiet ride? Great grip on hot, dry roads as well as in the wet? Longer tread wear?


All tires have these same characteristics, divided into three sets of trade-offs: Traction v. Treadwear, Handling v. Ride and High-Speed Performance v. Low Rolling Resistance.

Note: Today’s technology, especially in the advanced rubber compounds, does allow for some premium tires to perform well in two opposite attributes at the same time.

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Grip vs. Treadwear
  • Grip: Stop and corner faster in wet conditions or on hot, slick surfaces but expect a shorter tread life.
  • Treadwear: Get long, uniform wear across your tread pattern but a stiffer, less flexible tire with less grip.
More Precise Handling vs. Smooth Ride
  • Handling: Get a stiff sidewall for less tire-flex and more precise cornering but you will feel a firmer ride and hear more road noise.
  • Smooth Ride: Glide down the highway with reduced noise but you will lose some cornering agility.
High Performance vs. Low Rolling Resistance
  • High Performance: Get better grip and stability at higher speeds with an optimized “tread patch” (the tire’s contact area – literally the “patch of ground” that a tire covers at the point where it contacts the road surface) but sacrifice some fuel economy because your engine is being asked to overcome higher tire to road friction.
  • Low Rolling Resistance: Enjoy improved fuel efficiency from a profile and specialized rubber compound designed to reduce friction. There will be a slight loss of stability and cornering at high speeds with a tire designed primarily for fuel efficiency.