Winter tires function properly when the right selection is made during purchase. This article will look at how best to purchase the snow tires for ease of handling when driving through snow.
It is possible to go wrong on your winter tires if you have no idea how to buy them and where to get quality. It can be a shocker to find that your car still skids horribly on road despite you having state of the art snowy tires on your car; and it can get uglier if the skid and slides increase instead of lessen despite your wheel reading ‘tough on snow conditions’. There is more to snowy tires than just knowing about their traction abilities on the road;
· Winter tires need to be purchased in the same sizes, shape as well as speed rating to function properly. On top of that all wheels on your vehicle must carry the same air pressure capacity as the rest. There is an importance to this; it helps the snow tires perform in synchrony which really is the main ingredient of a balanced traction on the road. Using different wheels all together slows down or hinders performance and may be the reason why you find your car dangerously skidding despite installing expensive snow tires.
· While shopping for winter tires, it is always best to look at the tire specs on the shelves to properly distinguish which wheels suit your car. If you are looking for tires for a mild snowy season, perhaps wheels labeled M+S or mud and snow are what you should get. They are otherwisely known as all weather tires which don’t have the same toughness as snow tires but are ideal when the snow doesn’t get harsh. For heavy snowy conditions, go for the wheels bearing a pictograph of a mountain peek with a snow flake on it. This is the indicator that the wheels are meant for heavy snow drive during winter.
· Your winter tires should be properly inflated when bought and be able to inflate easily anytime you use them. This is why it is important to buy new snow tires as opposed to second hands; second hands tend to be worn off and may not perform best on road. You may also find yourself carrying out new repairs as well as constantly inflating the wheels. A snow tire filled with air pressure to the required level improves the tread life, contributes to better handling and demands less fuel consumption on the road.
· Constantly replace your winter tires as they wear out; snow tires are made from soft material which has a shorter tread life compared to ordinary tires. This is why you should always replace worn out snow tires with new ones; old worn out tires tend to reduce traction abilities on road which is something you don’t want especially if you drive through black ice.
Reading this helps you understand what it takes when purchasing winter tires and in the required size and shape for your car.
Now having all this in mind you see how important is to find the non-studded winter tires and the studded ones, or as the Norwegian terms are piggfrie vinterdekk and piggdekk. Saving money for cheaper stuff in this case is not worthy, better spend a little bit more money but to purchase quality set of tires.