Halloween has officially come and gone, and now that it’s November, the fall is almost over. That means winter is on its way, and it’s never too early to start preparing both yourself and your vehicle. When you’ve got the right winter tires, you won’t be slipping, sliding, and skidding down those snowdrift-covered roads anymore. Here is some vital information on the ins and outs of choosing winter tires.
What Exactly Are Winter Tires?
What sets winter tires apart from tires for any other time of the year? You might think that your standard tires will be able to withstand the freezing effects of the cold and slushy roads you’ll be traversing. However, this isn’t the case.
Winter tires are designed with the season’s nasty weather in mind. Dealing with adverse conditions such as subzero temperatures, slick roadways, and spots of black ice get much easier when you equip your automobile with these special tires. Crashing and spinning are two situations you don’t want to find yourself in, so these tires improve traction for your car or truck, no matter how fast you are going. Just remember – in wintry weather, it’s best to go as slowly and carefully as you can.
Studded or Studless?
The next question you may have might be “what’s the difference between studded and studless tires?” If that is indeed on your mind, then you should rest easy; the answer is quite simple. The classic choice for dealing with winter driving conditions is to use studded tires. These tires carry metal studs on the treads. Different tire manufacturers will use different size studs in their designs, but one thing they all have in common is their ability to punch through ice and snow and grip these surfaces. However, studded tires are heavily regulated, and in some states, they might even be illegal.
Your only option might be to choose studless tires. These tires have a new kind of rubber that is more resistant to the cold outside. The treads on these tires are also much deeper, allowing them to gain better traction.
In the Meantime
In the meantime, just remember that storage is key. If you decide to switch back and forth between winter tires and all-year tires, be sure to store the winter tires once you no longer need them – this technique will help your tires last longer. Accessories such as snow chains, traction mats, and even snowplows might be your options if you can’t find the winter tires that you want.
Winter Tires and More From Trick Tricks
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