Many drivers want to stay as safe as possible while traveling. Whether you travel extensively for work or have extended holiday plans, you know that your tires are the first contact you have with the outside weather. They are what moves the vehicle, so it is essential that they are the best tires you can find. Many people believe that they can just purchase brand-new tires and have no issues in the snow and ice. However, that may not be the best option.
If you find yourself traveling in snowy conditions, you may find that winter or snow tires are better than other options and give you the ability to start and stop. They work well for any car, including rear, all-wheel, and front-wheel drive.
You can identify these tire options because they show a snowflake and mountain symbol on the sidewalls. You can also find studless winter or snow tires, and they usually have multiple slits within the tread to act as a biting edge so that the tread compounds stay pliable in colder weather.
Studable tires are also available and have better snow traction. They can be studded to claw at the ice, but these options can be noisy and may leave scratch marks on your driveway. Along with such, the winter grip performance comes with a shorter tread-wear and can compromise the grip and handling on clear roads.
Considerations for Snow or Winter Tires
If you are planning to purchase winter or snow tires, there are some points to consider. For one, you should always purchase four snow tires to get the best handling, grip, and balance, which can help you take corners, stop, and start on snowy roads. Along with such, you should ensure that the tire sidewall does include the mountain and the snowflake symbols because that indicates that the tire meets the industry-defined level for snow traction.
It’s also important to understand that winter and snow tires are more likely to wear out faster than all-season tires. Along with such, winter tire performance does decline as they wear out, so it’s best to replace them all before they get worn out much. Many people choose to remove the snow tires from the vehicle at the end of winter. If you choose to do that, you can get up to four seasons of use from them. However, it’s best to check them each winter before putting them on your vehicle to ensure that they still have plenty of tread. Otherwise, you may find that they falter before the season is over, requiring you to purchase four new tires, possibly at the end of the season. Even so, you can still get multiple seasons out of them, ensuring that it is a good buy.
Studies have shown that it doesn’t necessarily matter the brand of tire you purchase, as long as it has the appropriate winter/snow symbol that indicates it is for winter use. Therefore, you can purchase an inexpensive brand and still get the same lifespan and ability that you desire from your winter tires.