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Choosing the Right Snow Tires

Sep 3, 2008
"A long drive on a snowy weather" can often gives us the feeling of cruising through milky clouds. However this pleasure has lots to do with the strength of the machine you are steering, as roads full of snow pose all sorts of difficulties to drivers. Snow minimizes friction of the track by making it wet and slippery to drive through. Despite strong engine and transmission systems, a firm grip of the vehicle over the track is indispensable. Thus, if you are planning an excursion to any snowy region, then just have a close look at the tires of your vehicle, as your safety primarily depend on those four wheels during the trip. If you find that the tires are not apt to conquer the damping snow, replace it with suitable set of 'snow tires'. Just be inquisitive and attentive while doing the snow tire purchase.

We often install all-weather tires on to our vehicles, marked with "M+S"- i.e. mud and snow - which are said to be good enough to handle all types of terrains. But when it comes to chilly cold weather and heavy snow down pouring, these tires usually lose its hold on the track. In this situation, specially designed snow tires are essential by all means. Previously designed snow tires were noisy, and were inept for the dry and plain conditions, but modern snow tires are manufactured from special rubber compounds that are appropriate for all weather conditions. However, snow tires are further categorized according to the intensity of the cold weather. So, simply keep following things in your mind if you are going to purchase snow tires for your vehicle:

* If you are a resident of a highly cold region, where the roads remain covered with, ice and snow, during the entire winter season, then you should go for the RSi tires, as it provides the better results than the other tires of its class. The RSi tires are found to provide least rolling resistance thereby enhances the efficiency of the vehicle to a great extent. However, these are not equally competent on wet or dry tracks.

* If the conditions are not frosty enough, and snowfall isn't a regular affair in your region, then you can definitely rely on 'studded' tires to cruise along. Studded tires also provide good traction over the wet or dry pavements.

* For an efficient grip over the track, check out the tread depth of the tire, and make sure that the tread depth is more than 5mm, to clasp heavier ice particles into it.

* If you own a SUV or any other heavy-duty vehicle, avoid using mix of tires into it, as it would be pretty unsafe for the driver. Always install 4+ deep treaded ice tires on to your SUV.

So, ensure safety for you and your family while driving through the roads covered with snow, and choose the snow tires matching your requirements. Look online for helpful review information.
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Article by Richard Crittendon on behalf of Automobile.com - for more great information on cars & driving, see these recent pieces on the 2008 Mustang GT Convertible and the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
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