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Snow and Your Tires

One of the biggest questions facing drivers every fall is whether or not to go beyond the contemporary all-season tires and buy snow tires. In a place like Central New York where the weather is pretty unpredictable it can be a hard call to make … under normal conditions those all-season tires — in good condition, of course — are probably enough. But if you live in or travel to places that are more remote or see more than average snow fall, you’ll likely want to pursue something more snow-friendly.
Hey, if you are getting stuck in your own driveway on a regular basis, it’s probably time to invest in a set of snow tires. In areas especially hard hit by winter snow, those fresh snow tires will give you better traction as well as improved braking and steering control. And in places where you really get a lot of snow or regularly experience a lot of ice, you might want to opt for snow tires with built-in studs for maximum traction.
Don’t forget that you’ll have to take any studded snow tires off in the spring so they don’t cause unnecessary damage to the road. If your snow tires don’t have studs you may even want to leave them on all year round for better traction on rain-soaked roads as well.
Even beyond simply choosing the right tire for the weather conditions you face, you should also step up your checks of your tire pressure in the winter. Tires that are under inflated will actually decrease the available traction because the treads close up. Proper tire pressure (usually around 32 pounds per square inch — check your manual for the exact amount recommended) will bring the tread back where it belongs. Most gas and service stations have cheap or free air for you to inflate your tires.
Always make sure your tires are in good shape, especially in the winter. If the treads are worn down there is no amount of air pressure that will bring them back out. Your friendly NYE professional will gladly inspect your tires to make sure you are traveling as safely as possible.
The potential for crashes is higher in the winter because of the snowy and icy roads, and all that is between your vehicle and the roadway are the tires. Make sure you have the best possible traction you can get by always driving on a good set.
Call NYE Automotive today for an expert recommendation on tires for your vehicle so you will be prepared for safe winter driving. NYE Automotive is located at 1441 Genesee St. in Oneida and open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 315-363-1000.

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