Shopping for Winter Tires

First off get an early start when buying and installing winter tires. Buy and install these tires the minute cold weather sets in. Winter tires are made with hydrophilic its a rubber which stays softer and more manageable on winter weather roads. This more flexible rubber is one reason you get more traction on snow and ice. The tread design provide a more aggressive traction than all-season tires.

When it comes to price expect to spend about what you would spend on normal tires, probably somewhere between $400 and $600 for a good set of winter tires. It’s possible to pay as little as $250 for low-end tires in certain sizes, or as much as $1,000 or more for larger wheel diameters or higher-performance model tires.

There are few things to keep in mind when shopping for winter tires. In most cases, you should consider purchasing separate rims for your snow tires. This will save you the time and costs involved in changing over and balancing the winter tires onto your existing rims. Also tires that display a marking of a snow flake within a mountain peak meet specific snow and ice traction requirements. All tires marked with this symbol undergo testing on medium packed snow in standardized testing conditions to ensure their winter traction meets the minimum industry requirements to be considered a winter tire.

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