Icy roads and heavy snowfall can make winter driving more of a challenge. For added safety before your next long winter drive, AAA recommends that you determine if your tires are equipped to provide the performance and protection you need.
Determining which tire is right for you depends on where you live and what type of driving you do. Snow tires are the most common solution for driving in regions with heavy snowfall because they are designed to provide adequate traction in snow.
When winter driving becomes more severe, nothing provides better traction than snow chains and studded snow tires. By using metal chains and spikes, these tires provide the ultimate traction in snowy and icy conditions.
Prior to investing in these options, AAA recommends vehicle owners identify if snow chains and studded snow tires are permitted where they are traveling.
Here are some tips to consider when gearing up for winter driving:
* When purchasing snow tires, make sure they are labeled M/S (mud and snow). This will help ensure that you are in compliance with any local or state regulations on the use of snow tires.
* If snow chains are used, make sure they properly fit the tires and are in good condition.
* Check your tire pressure often in cold weather. This will help avoid under-inflation, which can hamper traction.
* Whether your vehicle has front- or rear-wheel drive, maximum traction and proper handling of the vehicle are achieved when snow tires are installed on all four wheels.
For help choosing and installing the right tires, visit a AAA-approved auto repair facility or log on to www.aaa.com.