by Trish Williams
Pot holes everywhere. Streets are messed up from a bad winter in some parts, leaving a real mess on the roads where holes can really do damage to your tires. If you need to purchase a new snow tire, now’s the time to do it. Great sales are going on nationwide, and even if winter is almost over, buying a new snow tire now will come in handy next season.
Is winter really almost over?
If you’re reading this article and you’re thinking winter is almost over, be aware that snow and ice can fall even in early spring in some parts. If you need a new snow tire, but you’ve been putting it off, you might be putting your car at risk. One bad tire on your car can lead to a lot of problems down the line.
Low treading on a tire can cause slipping and sliding which might increase your chances of having an accident. It can also make your tire more susceptible to punctures and flat tires. A good snow tire can go a long way.
There are so many types of snow tires to choose from, made by many different companies including, Goodyear, Firestone, Nokian and others. A snow tire can also be an “All-Season tire.” Some people choose All-Seasons for their vehicles. Although these types of tires are good in the winter, they’re not made for heavy-duty snowstorms. A snow tire is still best for severe conditions.
Does my snow tire need to be studded?
A studded snow tire gives a car good traction, but if you have a mild winter, such a tire isn’t necessary. In some states, a studded snow tire is against the law. They often tear up the streets, along with the ice and snow. Check to see if they’re allowed in your city before spending the money on such a tire. “According to the tire industry, snow tires account for about four percent of the overall market. Because many states began restricting or even outlawing the use of studded snow tires and chains in the mid-1980s to minimize road damage, tire engineers are attempting to maximize traction solely through computer-aided tread design and black-science rubber chemistry,” reports Valvoline Car Care.
Where can I buy a snow tire and what brands are recommended?
Any good snow tire can be purchased from tire outlet stores, mechanic shops and retail stores, dealerships and online. Brand name tires can be purchased from Bridgestone/Firestone, Dunlop, Gislaved, Goodyear, Green Diamond, Kuhmo, Michelin, Nokan and many others.
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