If you live in an area with heavy snow or icy roads, you may have snow tires. These tires are better than all season tires at gripping the road in winter weather and helping to ensure you don't slide on slick roads. They are typically installed on your vehicle around the time snow starts to fall in your area and removed in spring. But, since they are different than regular tires, you may be wondering how you know it is time to replace them with a new set. Here are a few signs that you may need to replace your snow tires.
Your Treads or Channels are Wearing
Snow tires have deep visible treads or channels along with small siped cuts into the tire tread that help to grip the road while also helping the car ride smoothly. But as the tire is used, these channels begin to wear. Snow tires also wear faster than your typical all season tire. If you look at the tires and you can barely make out the channels or treads, it is time to purchase a new set of snow tires. Ideally, you want new tires when the channels are 6/32 or less. You can purchase tread-depth gauge or ask an auto repair shop for advice if you are not sure.
You Need a Single New Tire
One of the downsides to snow tires is that you should not purchase them in singles or pairs like regular tires unless absolutely necessary. They should be purchased in sets. This helps to ensure that all the tires grip the road evenly. If one of your tires has less tread life and does not grip the same way the others do, it can cause problems, like spinning out with uneven grip.
You Feel Your Car Sliding on Wet or Icy Roads
The last sign that you may need new snow tires is that you can feel your car sliding on wet or icy roads. In a perfect world, you should buy snow tires before the old tires are installed on your car for the winter. But things don't always go as planned. If you have your old tires on and begin to feel like you are sliding often when the road is wet or slick, your tires likely don't have the grip they should and they likely need to be replaced.
Many of our customers buy two sets of wheels and tires for the best year round performance and safety. This is costly up front but well worth it if you plan to keep the car for years.
If you live in the Minneapolis, MN area and you need to have your snow tires installed, replaced or have questions about whether they should be replaced, contact Quality Coaches. We are a full service auto repair shop that can help with all of your automotive maintenance and repair needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment and ensure your car has the tires it needs to keep your family safe this winter.