When Should I Put on Snow Tires?

September 12th, 2017 by

Honda Snow Tires

Summer is now behind us, and we all know how rough New Jersey winters have the potential to be. Have you been wondering to yourself, when should I put on snow tires? When snow strikes, you want to be sure that you’re prepared to hit the road. Allow the Sussex Honda Service Center to outline the details of how, when, and why to put on snow tires!

What Are Snow Tires?

Snow tires are specially designed to handle slick roads from ice and snow during the coldest months of the year. Snow tires provide better grip and more control when winter weather hits. You’ll notice a difference in the tread pattern and tread rubber in snow tires as compared with regular tires. It’s also important to mount a full set, rather than just two. And they’re crucial for all cars that drive in blustery climates, regardless of the drivetrain at hand (front-wheel or all-wheel drive).

When Should Snow Tires Be Installed?

Snow tires should be installed well before winter weather hits, so you’re not scrambling when the first snow comes – or worse, continuing to drive with regular tires in icy conditions. Some experts say that when you’re starting to see your breath when you step outside, it’s time to make your appointment at your dealership.

Of course, it’s important to monitor the backside of winter, too, as you don’t want to keep snow tires on longer than necessary. Drive them during warmer months, and you may find that the tires wear out much faster, which in turn affects your vehicle’s performance. You may think you’re saving yourself a few dollars by not changing them out, but it will likely cost you more in the long run.

Schedule Service with Sussex Honda

Equip your vehicle with snow tires before it’s too late! Schedule a service appointment with Sussex Honda, and we’ll get everything squared away for you. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!