Considering Snow Tires? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions & Answers!
It's that time of the year! Slushy, snowy and icy roads can create dangerous driving conditions for all vehicles. Switching to snow tires for the winter months is smart choice...especially for those living in Upstate New York! Here in Rochester we are all too familiar with these conditions. Below are a couple of frequently asked questions and answers about snow tires.
Q: Do I need 4 snow tires?
A: It is highly recommended to have 4 matching tires on your vehicle. This recommendation remains the same whether you have a front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle. Having different types of tires (ie: only 2 rear snow tires) will create a "split" personality for your vehicle. One end will react and perform differently than the other end. The change in your vehicle's handling can be so drastic that it can be unsafe. Having 4 of the same tire will help you maintain maximum control over your vehicle.
Q: Do I need all-season tires or snow tires?
A: The decision on whether to get all-season tires or snow tires will depend on the region that you live in. All-season tires are suitable for areas with little snow and moderate winter temperatures. They tend to stiffen and lose grip when the temperature drops to below freezing.
For areas with cold winters and heavy snow (like Rochester, New York!), snow tires will be your best option. Winter treads on these tires improve traction by allowing the tire to rid itself of snow as it rolls, giving it a clear bite on the road. Snow tires today are made of new rubber compounds that make them quieter than years ago. This rubber compound also allows them to safely handle in dry, wet and slushy conditions as well.
If you have any other questions about which tires are the best for you, feel free to contact our Service and Parts Professionals at Hoselton Auto Mall. Our experienced and knowledgeable experts will be able to assist you in choosing the correct tires for your vehicle.
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