I think I need new tires for my recently purchased, previously owned Ford Explorer. A co-worker recommends a Delta tire for $135 each. I drive about 40 miles (round trip) each business day (highway miles) to work; plus run kids around town. Occasional 200 mile (highway/freeway) trips to see relatives. Not much traffic, but weather is a variable: rain, ice, snow, sleet, heat, etc., as is temperature: range from -30 to +95 in a year. Right now I am driving Goodrich tires, but they cost about $40 more per tire. Advice?
Without knowing specifically which Delta tire you're considering, I can't speak for its performance in all those weather conditions. I can tell you, however, that as a brand, Delta is good quality. To make sure this tire fits your needs, I recommend you contact a local tire dealer you trust. They have experience with so many brands and specific tires, and should give you a good opinion about whether this tire is what you need.
Also, from a safety standpoint, you may want to consider getting winter tires, since it looks like you drive in some very cold/hazardous conditions. No one wants to buy an extra set of tires, but having a winter and a summer set is the safest way to go. Winter tires improve traction, handling and stopping distance in cold and inclement weather. It might be something you want to ask a tire dealer about, as well.
〉 Answered on Oct 31st, 2008 by Denise Koeth, Managing Editor at Tire Review Magazine