Stay safe when the roads are wet and slippery with a good set of snow tires
Now is the time to consider new winter snow tires, not after the snow starts falling. Don't listen to the hype and believe that standard all season tires are fine for we weather driving. Truth be told, nothing can outperform dedicated winter snow tires. Here's some tips to help you find the best tires for your vehicle when the roads are wet and slippery.
Why should I use Snow Tires and not my all season tires?
You need to imagine the worst driving conditions you'll need to drive under. I think it's safe to say that you aren't going to switch tires depending on the weather for the day. Putting on a dedicated set of snow tires at the start of winter is a safe, and smart move to make. If your area get's lots of snow go with a real set of winter snow tires.
I'd like to get a set of tires that are wide, but low profile, I think they look cool
Cool or not, studies have shown that thinner winter snow tires are the best performing style of snow tires. Remember, you're putting on winter snow tires for safety reasons, not to be cool. Cool can wait for the summer.
I heard they make studded tires, should I get those?
Over the last few years the performance of studless winter snow tires has greatly improved, that having been said, studded winter snow tires are the best ones to get and highly recommended if you'll be driving in extreme winter conditions. Be aware though that in some places studded tires are illegal as they cause increased road wear. If you can use them legally, then by all means go for it.
Can I just put winter snow tires on the two drive wheels? It'll be cheaper that way..
Well, it will be cheaper, but once again, studies have shown that putting winter snow tires on all four wheels, 4 wheel drive or not, greatly improves performance and handling. Since you'll be using the tires only in the winter you'll get many, many years of use out of them. I suggest putting winter snow tires on all four wheels at the start of the winter driving season.
Remember, in the end it's all about safety and nothing is safer than riding on a full set of 4 snow tires, not two.
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What does a set of great winter snow tires cost these days?
Well, that's hard to say, it will certainly depend on what brand and quality of tires you get and of course if they are on sale or not. I also suggest reading snow tire reviews on sites like consumer reports, comsumer search and tirerack. The snow tire reviews are written by unbiased users like yourself and in addition, they often times list the lowest prices right on the snow tire reviews page. You will, of course, find many useful links right here on this page too.