How to Buy the Right Tires for Wintery Roads
Ah, winter. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Stunning snowfalls, invigorating temperatures and — just in case you forgot — slippery roads! That’s right, the roads in winter can be a real challenge. To navigate the icy ride you need the right set of tires. But before you go out and spend your hard-earned money on winter-ready road rubber, do a little research — you’ll buy wiser, drive smarter, and make the roads a safer place to be!
Know Before the Snow
The best winter tires have a strong grip, comfortable ride, dependable durability and at least a five-year warranty. If you know these four buying basics, you’re ahead of the game. But what else should you know before you navigate the snow?
Here are some tips and tactics to help you find the best tires for your ride when the wintery flakes start to fly.
Look for the logo. Did you know that winter tires are marked by a special logo to indicate they’ve been designed to meet specific snow-traction performance requirements? It’s true. Just look for the three-peaked mountain with the snowflake inside. See the logo? You’re good to go-go!
Buy early. If you wait for the first big snowfall, or your first big spinout, to buy winter tires, you might’ve waited too long. Retailers start stocking the shelves with these tough-treaded slip-resistors when fall rolls around. But they sell fast, so go get a set before all the good ones are gone!
And always buy four. You might think that two winter tires will do, but when you’re at the tire store, always buy four. Because when two wheels grip and two don’t, your vehicle is more likely to slide around and spin out.
Include the Install. Ask your favorite tire shop if they’ll include the installation in the price of the tire. If not, plan on spending about $10 to $20 per tire for mounting and balancing.
Change with the seasons. Remember to change your tires when the snow melts. Much like all-season tires aren’t built for the winter, winter tires aren’t made for summer roads. The softer (but extra-grippy) rubber wears out faster — and hot, dry roads can take a toll.
When the rubber hits the road, it’s all about safety and control. The right tires can keep you and your dreams moving on down the road, even when that road is covered in snow.
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