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Choosing Winter Tires

Posted in How To on March 18, 2003
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What are the best tires to use in the winter? Well, that's sort of like asking about the best tires to use during the rest of the year. There is no one, simple answer. The tires that are best for you depend on the vehicle you drive and the conditions in which you'll be using them. If you're going to spend a lot of the winter trail-busting through virgin snow, your tire choice will be very different than if you'll be driving on plowed roads or over streets and bridges that may be prone to icing over. So the first step in choosing the right winter tire is assessing where you're going to be doing most of your driving, and then matching those road or trail conditions to the various tire types available. You may be able to use your mud- or rockcrawling tires with very few modifications. Or you may need a dedicated winter tire. Let's see if we can help point you in the right direction.

This snowflake-on-a-mountain symbol appears on the sidewalls of tires (near the traditional M+S designation) that have been tested and shown to offer high traction capabilities in the snow. This snowflake-on-a-mountain symbol appears on the sidewalls of tires (near the traditional M+S designation) that have been tested and shown to offer high traction capabilities in the snow.

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