When to Install Winter Tires
When choosing winter tires, take into
consideration how much winter driving will you do, your driving habits, local
driving conditions, and the level or safety and performance you expect from
your vehicle and your tires, and consider your overall driving needs:
- Do you live where cold temperatures are common?
- Do you drive on icy or snowy roads?
- Do you have to use your vehicle every day, regardless of the weather?
- Do you drive off main streets and roads in winter?
- Do you drive early in the morning or late at night in winter?
- Do you drive nearly the same speed regardless of temperature?
Installing Four Winter Tires
When equipping your vehicle with winter tires, it is important to install four winter tires to help maintain control and stability of the vehicle. Anything less than four winter tires compromises vehicle safety and the overall effectiveness of winter tires.
Installing Two Winter Tires on the Front Axle Only
Never install two winter tires on the front axle of a vehicle only. Installing two winter tires on the front axle only increases the grip in the front and leads to a false sense of confidence. The difference in tire grip between the front and rear wheels will cause oversteer.
Installing Two Winter Tires on the Rear Axle Only
Never install two winter tires on the rear axle of a vehicle only. Installing two winter tires on the rear axle will increase grip in the rear, and the difference in grip between the front and rear tires will cause understeer.