Your Best “Insurance” for Safe Driving—Good Quality Tires

One of the best investments you can make to help with safe driving is the purchase of good quality tires which you inspect regularly, maintain with the proper air pressure, and replace when they are old and/or worn. Doing some research and seeking advice at some reputable tire stores about the best quality tires for your vehicle and the driving conditions is very practical. Look at tread patterns, tire width, and hardness ratings which are appropriate for your area. During winter in Alaska, roads are often covered with hard ice, so tire studs and snipping are worth considering for winter driving.

Consider purchasing an extra set of wheels for your vehicle and have the winter tires mounted on those wheels. Then switching between summer and winter tires is an easier task and the amount of wear and potential damage to the bead of the tire is reduced.

Do not assume that four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD) is going to keep your vehicle from losing traction and sliding, perhaps into the ditch. A vehicle with 4×4 or AWD has little advantage when braking and can still lose traction if the vehicle has bad tires. Good quality tires, even on a two-wheel drive vehicle, can provide better traction on icy roads than poor quality tires on a four-wheel drive vehicle. Evidence of this is the many vehicles pulled out of the ditch during the winter which are 4×4 or AWD.

One thought on “Your Best “Insurance” for Safe Driving—Good Quality Tires

  1. Yes, it’s worth it if you plan to drive it in the snow again. Most cars use all season tires. They are a coimsompre. If you are driving in the snow, your car will do virtually everything better with snows, stop, go, turn everything. If it’s a RWD car like a Miata or Solstice, you can help by putting weight in the trunk, if it’s FWD there’s not much you can do there, you already have more than half the weight over the drive wheels. In either case, always keep the tank close to full, gas weighs more than 6 lbs per gallon, and the weight helps. If you get snows get four, not two. Go to tirerack.com and look at customer reviews of the different tires in your price range you don’t have to get the most expensive tires to have good winter traction. Good luck!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait…VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

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