Before going to a shop, know what tires you have on your car. Determine the road conditions your car or SUV will be traveling on, rocky, city driving, highway, and several other conditions. You need to know these because choosing a specific tire would depend on where you will be traveling. Rocky pavements will easily influence the tire tread.
Another thing to consider is the climate. Too hot or too cold weather temperature or conditions affect your tires as well. Bear in mind, your tires are made of rubber, and this does not make them immune to the weather. Just like wood, should it be exposed to constant rainfall, the wood would be damaged and become weak and brittle.
Rugged terrain should call for a more durable and higher lifespan type of tires. These may cost more, but then again, in the long run, if you think of having to replace your tires because you went for looks instead of dependability, you would still be spending more.
Lastly, think of your driving style. Tires have different capacities for speed limits. There are letters that correspond to the right speed, depending on the type of driver you are. Tires are not as easy and mundane as you initially thought now, are they? Talk to your tire specialist and make that right purchase at once.