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When you’re shopping for tires and you might come across some terms you don’t recognize. Whether it’s a new technology or an unfamiliar tire term, Benton’s Discount Tires is here to help.

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There are 8 names in this directory beginning with the letter S.
The portion of the tread between the edge of the tread and the sidewall. It acts as more support and protection.

Located between the tread surface and the bead. A sidewall provides stability and prevents air from escaping a tire.

The act of cutting thin slits across the rubber surface of a tire to achieve better traction in wet or icy conditions.

Speeding Rating:
The speed the tire can maintain safely. A higher speed rating indicates the car can handle better at high speeds. The speed rating is often located on the sidewall of a tire.

The ability of a tire to respond to steering inputs and to external forces.

Staggering/Staggered Fitment:
A term used when the rear wheels are bigger or wider than the front wheels. Staggered fitment can only be done to a rear wheel drive car.

Steel Belted Radial:
A radial tire made with steel belts (rather than fabric belts).

Strong pieces of metal planted within a tire tread to provide more traction in ice or snow.

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