Each fall, customers ask me if they need snow tires for their car. The best way to answer this question is by determining their particular driving habits, what they use their car for and the type of vehicle they drive. If you are confident that you will not be driving in snow or bad weather, and your tires are in good shape, then save your money. You don’t need snow tires. But please, make sure your tires are up to par. Tires are the most important safety feature on your car.
Now, if you commute to work, shuttle kids from dance to soccer, and need to use your car during the winter, then you should consider snow tires. The roads in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester County become hazardous during the winter.
Snow tires, or should we say winter tires, are designed not only for snow, but for cold weather also, and have a distinct advantage of common radials and even all-season radials. The tread on most tires begin to harden when the temperatures dip below 45 degrees, significantly reducing traction. Snow tires remain soft and will grip the road far better the conventional radial tires, greatly improving traction.
Another thing to consider is replacing all four tires with snow tires. Remember, snow tires are designed not only for snow, but for cold winter driving. Snow tires will perform better than conventional tires during all types of winter driving. To maximize your safety, consider four snow tires.
If you would like more information on snow tires and winter driving please call us or contact Osceola Garage by clicking on this link.