I’ve decided to buy snow tires after reading that they are safer on ice and snow than my all-seasons. What do I need to know before I buy them?

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You’re making a wise decision. Tests show that snow tires provide more traction on snow and ice, and isn’t that what any intelligent driver would want?

The Popular Mechanics website provides some guidelines for anyone considering buying snow tires for their vehicle:

  • Snow tires are a worthwhile purchase for anyone living north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
  • Replacing only the tires at the drive end of the car may result in unpredictable handling, so buy four snow tires.
  • To avoid remounting the tires twice a year—and to protect more expensive alloy wheels—buy an inexpensive set of steel wheels, and keep them on the snow tires.
  • Put snow tires on around Thanksgiving and remove them around Easter. Snow tires are made of a softer rubber compound and will wear out faster if used in warm weather.
  • Store your off-season tires in a cool, dry place, perhaps in black plastic bags—this helps to cut down on oxidation.
  • You are not being extravagant by having two sets of tires; actually, you’re being thrifty and safety conscious. You will only need new tires half as often as when you own only all-seasons, and you are cutting the wear in half.

Investing in snow tires is one of the many ways you try to keep from getting into a Louisville car wreck; but sometimes, even the most cautious drivers get into accidents. If you have been injured in a vehicle accident in Kentucky, call the Louisville car crash attorneys at Gray and White Law. Phone us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.