The Best Time to Put on Your Snow Tires

The Best Time to Put on Your Snow Tires

Winters in Nanuet, NY can be rough, especially if you don’t have a set of snow tires to keep you safely on the road and out of the snow bank. Having decent snow tires can drastically decrease your stress level and help you feel more comfortable driving in the snow. While many people are already well-versed in the benefits of snow tires, knowing when to put them on is a different matter. Here are some tips that can help you determine the best time to switch out your regular tires for their winter cousins.

Check the weather

Regardless of whether you have snow tires, ice tires, or winter performance tires for your Jeep, Chrysler, or Dodge vehicle, they should be installed well before the first fluffy flakes of snow materialize in the air. As a general rule, all-season tires should be switched out once temperatures dip consistently below 45° F. At this point, the rubber in all-season tires begins to harden up and loses some of its elasticity. As the temperature continues to drop, all-season tires become hard, more like giant plastic circles instead of rubber tires.

The difference in grip truly is staggering! Picture walking around a skating rink in rubber soled boots. Now picture doing the same thing in tap shoes. See what we mean?


Mark it on your calendar

If you are not a slave to checking the weather every day (and how many of us actually are?), then the best idea is to just pick a date on your calendar and plan on switching your tires out then. Most regions usually hit a changeover date when the temperatures generally start to fall, so do a little research on the Internet and schedule an appointment with your local tire shop. Be careful not to choose a date too early in the season because the tire life and vehicle drivability of snow tires are just as affected by high temperatures as all-season tires are by low temperatures.

Be winter ready with these helpful snow tire tips:

Be winter ready with these helpful snow tire tips:

  • Replace all four tires with snow tires when the time comes. Anything less than a full set could lead to handling or traction imbalances, especially in winter driving conditions.
  • Do not depend on traction control, ABS brakes, or 4-wheel drive to take the place of snow tires.
  • Keep an eye on your tread depth. When tread gets below 5/32 of an inch, the tire is no longer able to make full contact with the road.
  • When buying snow tires, keep in mind the type of road conditions you expect to be driving on. It will make a difference regarding which tire works best for your vehicle.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. Tire pressure drops one PSI for every 10-degree drop in outside temperature.

Snow tires provide a 25% improvement in traction over all-season tires when driving through deep snow, so make sure that you have your snow tires in place well before the first blizzard hits. If you have questions about which snow tire works best for your vehicle, then contact the friendly team at Rockland Chrysler Dodge Jeep today!

Maximize your winter driving safety with high-quality snow tires. Call (845) 627-3700 to find out more!

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