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No Tires Like Snow Tires

For many drivers, the return of winter weather in Central New York means it’s time to take a good look at your tires. Should you opt for snow tires this year, or are the all-season tires you have now good enough?

At the NYE Automotive Group, we are also drivers spending a lot of time on the same snow-covered roads. We know many people choose the all-season tires mainly for the comfort of the ride, but today that’s not really a concern.

Back in the old days, snow tires were known for being loud and unsettling once on dry roads — one of the main reasons drivers opted for the all-season tires. These days, however, modern snow tires’ tread patterns and rubber material make for a smooth ride, rather than one that makes your car feel like you are on an off-road trail in a truck.

Whichever choice you make, always make sure you have plenty of tread in the winter months. Those deep grooves will give the best traction in the snow, and worn tires that were fine in the summer will become potentially hazardous when driving in snow, slush, and ice.

By law, tires need to be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32″ in depth. In the winter, you need even more tread, so figure a working tread of 6/32″ for the best mobility. A good way to check the depth is by sticking a penny in the tread, with the backside facing you with the top towards the tire. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is obscured by the tread, you are good to go on the snowy roads.

But when it’s time for new tires — whether you decide to go with tires designed for snow or for all-season use — give NYE Automotive a call. We’ll keep you on the road, as safely as possible, no matter what the weather brings.

The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email sales@nyeauto.com.

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