What are Winter Tires?

Does it seem like the city or small town that you live in has more winter months than summer months? If it does, I’m so sorry; but you probably know what Winter Tires are, right? If not, I’ll gladly explain.

If you couldn’t already guess by the name “Winter Tires”, these tires are designed specially for winter; hence, you only use them during the winter season... but of course you knew this already. They are manufactured to allow more traction & better control when you’re driving on roads that have an abundant amount of ice & snow. If you didn’t already know, Winter Tires are actually suggested by the government & the regular association for automobiles. The reason for this is because both organizations know that it is obviously much safer for those harsh winter seasons, & they greatly reduce accidents on slippery roads.

Before you buy one of these Used Winter Tires, you must actually check if it’s considered a Winter Tire by the RMA (Rubber Manufacture Association). Some requirements include for the tire to conserve a traction index of 110 or higher on roads that have snow that is “lightly packed”. The only real reason that they must meet these specifications is so that it is easier to choose a tire & to benefit the safety of the driver. Even before you even set your eyes on the Winter Tires that you want to purchase, they are examined & tested thoroughly by the American Society for Testing & Materials. When they’re done assessing every little inch of the tire, then the results are sent to the manufacturers & some tire shops if the information is requested.

If your mind is completely set on buying one of these Winter Tires, the first thing that you may have to do is learn the size of your tires that you already have on your vehicle; regardless of what size you may have, Winter Tires can be installed on your average OEM rims, or even the new winter rims that you want go with your new tires. Make sure that you choose tires that are based on the way you drive (hopefully it’s not carelessly), the weather conditions, & the budget that you are willing to spend. Please don’t try to install these yourself, go to a tire shop & get a professional to do it; it’ll look nicer & be so much safer.

If you’re the type of person that waits for the last minute to do things, then this wouldn’t be a good situation to linger on. A good rule to abide by is to place your Winter Tires on your vehicle after five straight days of complete freezing temperatures. When winter is completely over & spring is finally in the air, you should take your Winter Tires off after the third day where the temperature is above freezing; these days must be one right after the other. When you don’t change them & the weather is a little warmer than it should be, the tire’s tread will wear out faster & cut back the “life” of the tire. When you finally get around to taking them off & you don’t know where to store them, be sure to cleanse it of any extra salt residue & let them dry off before you put them away.

Winter Tires can usually cost you anywhere from $35-$150... each. The price usually depends on the size, the brand you prefer, & the rubber quality. Anyway, if you didn’t know, now you do. Feel free to visit us at All-Used-Tires.com for these specific tires & OriginalWheels.com for those lovely rims that can be placed on them (: