How does one find correct snow tires?
No tire is perfect, as extra competence in one category often means compromise in another. For example, a tire that is great in snow may be so-so on dry pavement and average in the rain. Try to find reviews on a tire to determine if it meets your criteria.
Different tires have different uses. Some have been tested for suitability on ice as well as snow. The Internet is an excellent place to start researching your tire choices. Some sites go into the details of how tires perform on different surfaces, so invest some time into your research to make a well-informed decision.
Other advice on tires:
Always be sure to maintain the proper inflation for safety, performance, and longevity.
Buy four matching tires. Some rear-wheel-drive cars may be able get by with just rear snows, but front-wheel-drive cars should never have snows up front and non-snows out back. The inconsistency in grip during braking can cause the tail end to slide out of the driver's control. All-wheel-drive vehicles require four tires as well.
When purchasing a set of snow tires try to pick up an extra set of wheels on which the rubber can be mounted. Not having to mount/dismount tires each season saves time and maximizes tire life. Often your dealer will sell a reasonably priced set of steel wheels to match the snow tires.
Take good care of your tires and use the right tire for the right season. You may extend the life of your winter tires if you dismount them promptly after the thaw.Return to top.