Ice, salt, and snow, oh my! Snowy Minnesota winters keep us on our toes. Regular driving on snow-covered roads requires extra attention to your driving and your tires.

There isn’t a magic tire that can tackle every type of weather condition, but there are different types of tires that are better for different seasons. Winter/snow tires are made to provide optimum traction over deep, packed snow. The rubber stays pliable in cold temperatures which allows it to grip better.

When the roads are icy and slippery, there are tires that are formulated to improve grip on ice called stud-able tires. These have holes in the tread to hold metal studs to dig into the ice. Studless tires are another option for slick road driving. Studless tires are formulated with a type of rubber that acts as a squeegee on ice and snow, so you don’t need the studs.

If you are considering winter/snow tires there are some things to keep in mind. When purchasing, always buy four matching tires for the best balance and grip from start to stop. You will also want to check for a small mountain or snowflake symbol. These symbols indicate that the tires meet an industry defined level of snow traction. Remember, winter/snow tires tend to wear down faster, so it is good practice to replace them before they are completely worn-down. If you remember to remove them at the end of every winter, good winter tires could last for a few snowy seasons.

Many drivers debate on whether to invest in a set of snow tires or not. If you have any questions about snow tires or how they work, give us a call and we will “steer” you in the right direction.

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