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3 Factors to Consider When Purchasing Winter Tires

Updated on December 26, 2017

As winter quickly approaches, many car owners are scrambling to get winter tires installed on their vehicles. The winter tires are made from softer rubber, and will have better traction and grip on icy, slippery roads. When purchasing winter tires for a new vehicle, here are 3 factors to consider.

Durability

One of the most important considerations to keep in mind is the durability of the winter tires. This includes the amount of wear that it can tolerate. Look for tires that have been highly rated by other consumers. Durability is also measured by how often the tires need to be replaced, and how much snow it can tolerate. Some manufacturers will offer these specifications and details.

Those who are unsure of the durability of the winter tires should ask other car enthusiasts. It’s important to ask them about the amount of driving that they do, and compare it with how often they need to replace their winter tires. In most cases, winter tires can be used for several seasons before they need to be tossed out.

Whether the Ride is Comfortable

Another important factor to consider when purchasing winter tires is whether the tires offer a comfortable ride. Some auto shops will allow drivers to take a test drive on the winter tires. This gives the drivers good idea of how the tires handle the snowy terrain and whether or not the ride is comfortable or not.

High quality winter tires should feel comfortable when being driven on. They should not cause the rides to become extra bumpy. In addition, drivers should also experience enhanced handling when driving with winter tires. They should feel as if they have more control over their own vehicles.

Warranty

Before buying the winter tires, consider whether or not they come with any warranty. In most cases, most manufacturers do offer warranty for defective tires; however, it’s important to understand what is considered to be defective. For example, some warranties may become void if there are signs that the tires were driven in construction zones.

Consider the length of the warranty, and whether an auto shop will honor the warranty or not. It’s a lot more troublesome if the car owners have to contact the tire manufacturers. This can often take a long time, and can also involve a lot of paperwork.

Conclusion

It’s a good idea to switch to winter tires before snow falls. Winter tires offer better traction and grip, which leads to better overall handling and control. Those who are interested in purchasing winter tires should do a lot of research before settling on a brand and a type.


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