As we get deeper into the winter, the chances of inclement weather are going up. Many of us have commutes and normal travel errands that winter weather may impact.
Winter weather can create very hazardous conditions for drivers. Snow, ice and rain on roadways increase your risks of skidding, sliding and accidents. Your chances of an accident skyrocket during bad weather.
If your tires aren’t in proper condition, they can’t grip the road at their best when the road is wet or frozen. Proper maintenance of your tires reduces your risks of accidents in inclement weather. You might want to consider investing in snow tires if winter weather is very severe in your area.
What are snow tires?
Snow tires are specially made to better grip the road during inclement weather.
The tread on snow tires is deeper and designed especially to improve a car’s grip on the road. Additionally, the tire’s flexibility is also modified so the tires hold the road in a sturdy way. The flexibility helps more of the tire touch the road, and adds other stabilities.
With this improved grip, you reduce the risk of slipping on the road.
What do they cost?
Experts recommend that a driver buy four snow tires, for all of their axles. The average snow tire costs around $150, or approximately $600 for a set of four. The life of snow tires is generally around six winters.
Remember, if you buy snow tires, you will probably have to take them off during non-snowy seasons. This is so that the tires won’t wear out. If you can’t change out the tires yourself, your mechanic can do it for you. But, there will likely be a cost.
Many people debate if the cost of a snow tire is worth it. The bad news is that your auto insurance will likely not pay for the cost of snow tires. This is normal car maintenance. However, the benefits of having these tires usually far outweigh the costs.
Always Be On Your Guard
Even with snow tires, you should practice safe winter driving techniques. You should still drive carefully, and not speed in bad conditions. Also be aware that winter weather can affect your tires themselves. Your tires can lose air faster in winter environments. Other parts of the wheels can rust or freeze in this weather.
Snow tires, along with your auto insurance can protect you while you are on the road. Explore Auto Insurance Discounters’ website today to learn more about our auto insurance offerings. If you have questions, call us at (816) 252-2255.