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May 15, 2020
If you've read our article "Are Winter Tires Really Necessary?", then you know that we are firm believers in mounting a full set of them as soon as the white stuff threatens. If you're ready to do the same, there is more to this than just ordering up some tires in the same size as your existing rubber and having a local tire shop mount and balance them for you. Allow us to walk you through the process which will give you the best results. Read on to learn about our "tips" when buying winter tires.
Tip #1: Always mount winter tires in sets of 4Tip #2: Mount the winter tires on a dedicated set of wheelsTip #3: Count the savings from not driving on your regular tiresTip #4: Don't forget the TPMS sensorsTip #5: Investigate smaller (less expensive) winter wheel and tire sizesTip #6: Wheel & tire packages are all-inclusive, saving you time, money and aggravation
Tip #1: Always mount winter tires in sets of 4
This is not a play to get you to spend more money. As residents of the Northeast, we always replace all four of our regular tires with four winter tires. It doesn't matter if the drivetrain is front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive. No matter which, it's the FRONT tires which do the steering and most of the braking; it's the REAR tires which power the vehicle for RWD and AWD platforms; and of course, it's ALL FOUR tires which provide the handling. Going with only one pair of winter tires is false economy, and will not maximize your safety on the road in winter weather.