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For regular street driving there are several categories of high performance tire; high performance and ultra high performance are two of these. What's the difference? The high performance tire offers much better traction. This can give you a big safety edge when it comes to what some drivers call "emergency handling." The ultra high performance tire is another step above--so far up that some believe the average driver shouldn't spend the money because they will never need to fully utilize that kind of performance on the street. Also, some drivers warn of low treadlife associated with some ultra high performance tires on non-racing vehicles. If you are still unsure whether to pay for a high performance tire you should consider the "touring tire," which is geared for a more average type use on the open road.