How to Choose Snow Tires

January 5, 2018

snow tire benefitsSnow, slush, and ice are part of the winter landscape across most of the country. These natural hazards make your daily commute far more dangerous than usual by reducing traction, handling, and braking capabilities. Ordinary or all-season tires are not designed for use in these conditions, which is why you need to change over to snow tires right now. Here are some tips to consider as you shop for a suitable set.

  • Snow tires should be used when the temperature in your area is consistently in the 45°F and below range.
  • Check the owner’s manual or the sidewall of your standard tires to confirm the size of snow tires you need to buy, particularly if you intend to purchase online.
  • All four tires must be replaced for safe operation and optimum performance.
  • Read consumer snow tire reviews before buying. Look for tires that rate high for traction and grip on snow and ice, as well as quiet and comfort while driving.
  • Look for winter tires that come with a warranty against material defects and poor workmanship.
  • Winter tires are much softer than regular tires, so they wear out faster. Plan to replace your winter tires every 3 years or 20,000 miles, depending on driving habits.
  • Consider purchasing wheels (rims) along with your winter tires. This makes the changeover process much quicker and faster, and is well worth the money if you plan to do the work yourself.v
  • If you’re shopping on a tight budget, remember to include installation fees in your calculations. Most auto repair garages or tire specialty shops charge somewhere between $10 and $20 per wheel for mounting and balancing, which adds a lot to the total cost.
  • For the severest winter driving conditions, consider buying studded snow tires for extra traction and grip on packed snow, ice, and slush.

Studies show that snow tires can improve traction, handling, and braking by up to 20% over ordinary tires. This is a significant difference when roads are treacherously bad and visibility is poor, so it makes sense to switch to snow tires now. Put your family’s safety first and keep these tips in mind when choosing your next set of winter tires.

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