Select the winter tires that will keep you safe

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The tires that you have on your car have the important task of keeping your car safely on the road and translating the car’s performance to the road. Wrong tire selection can cause the whole driving experience to be bad and even dangerous. You will need to make sure that both your all-season tires and your winter and snow tires are of good quality. You need to replace the tires when the tread depth has gone below 5/32 inches, as the tires lose a lot of their key safety properties once you go below that threshold.

The winter tires are available both as studded and non-studded. They are both good for all the winter conditions that include cold temperatures and snow, ice, and slush. Winter tires are better than all-season tires at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, so you don’t have to wait for snow or ice to arrive before you change tires and enjoy the better safety of the winter tires at the low temperatures, and you will then be ready for the snow and ice as it arrives. Since it is very dangerous to drive with all-season tires once the winter weather arrives, so you need to be prepared and already have winter tires on when it arrives.

Which tire to choose depends a bit on personal preference. It also depends on how and where you drive and then the area where you live. If you live in areas with a lot of icy roads, then the studded tires are to prefer as the metal studs provide a better grip on ice and packed snow. If you live in areas where you have more snow-covered roads, then both tire options are good. However, if you tend to drive a lot to other states or provinces during the winter season, where studded tires might not allow, it is better to choose non-studded tires, as they are allowed in all locations. You also have fewer restrictions on them when it comes to the time that you can use them.

It is important to buy premium tires that will last and will provide sufficient safety when you drive. You also need to make sure that you have them mounted before the winter weather arrives, as they are of no use if they are not on your car. You need to maintain them by always having the correct tire pressure. Too low and too high pressure will impact the performance and also the safety. It will in addition add costs to your driving, as e.g., low tire pressure leads to increased rolling resistance, which then in turn leads to both higher tire wear and fuel consumption. Tire pressure is easy to check as you stop to fuel up your vehicle. It doesn’t take many minutes to check it and since the pressure isn’t constant, but actually varies with temperature, you can’t rely on it being the correct pressure one day because it was correct another day.

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