SWAP ALL-SEASON TIRES FOR WINTER TIRE TRACTION
While all-season tires are an adequate option for light winter driving, winter tires are specifically designed to handle even the worst of wintry roads. Winter tires—or snow tires—are designed for slushy, snowy, and icy roads. Different from all-season tires, the best winter/snow tires for trucks and cars have deeper tread depths, more sipes, and/or protruding studs for added traction ideal for the cold weather season.
3 TYPES OF COLD WEATHER TIRES
With breakthroughs in snow/winter tire technology, the need for studs has become an option versus a requirement.
- STUDDABLE WINTER TIRES
- STUDLESS WINTER TIRES
- STUDDED WINTER TIRES
HOW TO BUY WINTER TIRES
As a rule, the best winter/snow tires tend to last about 20,000 miles or three winters. Consider replacing winter tires when the tread depth is 4/32 in. or less. Don't forget, winter tires tend to only be sold in the fall and winter seasons, so plan accordingly if you’re looking.
DON'T DRIVE ON WINTER TIRES PAST WINTER
Without the cushion of the snow or ice, metal studs produce road noise and can damage paved roads, causing taxpayers millions of dollars. Because of this, many states limit snow tire usage to only the winter months.
When the snow is all said and done, you should remove, clean, and store your winter tires properly to protect your tire investment. To store your snow/winter, summer, or all-season tires, simply place them in a cool, dark, and dry location away from sun or moisture.
5 WINTER DRIVING TIPS
Use these winter driving tips to increase safety and improve ride control between November and March.
Tip. 1 SERVICE YOUR BRAKES
Tires and brakes work in tandem to maximize your stopping power, and its no different during the winter.