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Do Winter Tires Make A Big Difference?

Posted in Other, Tips, Tires, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 19th, 2011 | 1 Response |

If you live where winter means snow, now is about the time of year you should be thinking about a switch from summer tires or all season radials to dedicated winter tires. The video below does a good job of illustrating why, but it has one fatal flaw: it compares “summer only” tires, which shouldn’t ever be driven on snow and ice, to dedicated winter tires, which optimize grip on snow and ice, and in low temperatures.

There’s an intermediate step, of course, and that’s all-season tires. Like a Swiss Army knife, all-season tires are better than nothing at all, but they’re still not the performance equal of a dedicated winter tire. Expect all-season radials to perform somewhere in between the summer tires and the winter tires shown in the video below, which isn’t quite good enough in our book.

Winter tires aren’t cheap, but they’re a lot less expensive than having an accident on all-season radials. If you can fit it into the budget, have a set mounted up on steel or cheap alloy wheels, so that changing between summer and winter tires is a twenty minute, do-it-yourself job.

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