If you live in an area that frequently gets snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, you may want to consider purchasing winter tires for your vehicle. Here are three things to keep in mind when purchasing winter tires and swapping out your regular ties.
#1 Get A Full Set
The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that you should get a full set of winter tires. In order for the winter tires to work effectively, you need to have them on all of your wheels. This is true regardless of if you have a front-wheel or back-wheel drive vehicle. All of your tires are on the ground, and it is vital that all of your tires have the same type of traction.
If you choose to install only two winter tires on your vehicle, you can upset both the traction and handling of your vehicle. This can make you even more unsafe than if you had not put winter tires on your vehicle at all.
#2 Consider Purchasing Rims As Well
If this is the first time that you have purchased winter tires, you may want to consider purchasing an extra set of rims for your tires as well to have the winter tires mounted on them. If you don't get an extra set of rims, you will have to pay to have your old tires taken off the rims and the winter tires mounted on them, and at the end of the winter, you will have to pay again for the winter tires to be taken off the rims and for regular tires to be put back on. Over time, the mounting costs can add up. You can reduce these costs by just purchasing a set of rims for your winter tires.
#3 Store Your Other Tires In A Climate Controlled Setting
When you take off the other tires, you are going to need to store them. When you store them, you are going to want to keep them inside of a climate controlled setting where the temperature will not fluctuate. You should not store your tires inside of your garage. Contact the tire shop where you had your winter tires installed and see if they can store your tires for you. This is the best way to ensure that your tires are safe. You may have to pay a small storage fee to keep your regular and winter tires stored throughout the year, but it is generally far less than if you rented out a climate controlled storage unit.