Caring for Your New Winter / Snow Tires

Winter tires
You've just purchased your winter / snow tires well in advance of the first snow storm, are you feeling ready to go? You may want to slow down a little bit, first. Before the snowflakes begin to fly, it's always a good idea to take some time to break in your new snow tires. Taking the time to drive conservatively (at no more than legal speeds) allows the remaining oils and/or lubricants used in the manufacturing process to "burn off". These oils can make the rubber artificially slick, especially in wet conditions, and wearing off these oils will allow your new winter / snow tires to provide peak performance when needed most. Whether you purchased winter performance tires, high performance snow tires or even studded snow tires, take the time to read "Breaking-In New Winter Tires."

Once in the depths of winter, it's hard to get motivated to make sure your tires are in good shape and at maximum efficiency. Most people don't realize that a tires inflation pressure will change about 1 psi for every 10º Fahrenheit change in air temperature. Most parts of North America experience a difference in average summer and winter temperatures of about -50º F, that's a potential loss of about 5 psi as winter's temperatures settle in. That loss in psi is enough to sacrifice the handling, traction and durability you need on the snow-covered roads.

For best results, check your air pressure at least once a month and more frequently as the temperatures continue to drop. For winter driving, it may be helpful to set your air pressure a little higher than normal. Take a look at setting your air pressure higher in the winter months by checking out "Higher Tire Pressures for Winter Driving."


Saturday, June 2, 2012 by SCOTT D

Sunday, March 23, 2014 by sam

my 2013 acura rdx takes P235/60R18 what tire would safely replace it on a 16 in rim ,& little narrower.& give same diameter,so not to throw off speed.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Linda Z

Would 235/60R-18 size tires fit a 2009 Ford Escape?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Sobowale wemimo

What is the largest sized tire I can get for my Honda 2007 v6 car?
Friday, April 3, 2015 by Doc

Your stock tire size should be 215/55R17 for the Accord Coupe V6. You can also use 225/50R17
Monday, November 2, 2015 by Tom

I have winter tires on rims 225/50R17. Can I safely put them on a Mazda CX-3 which has standard 215/60R16?
Saturday, November 7, 2015 by Doc

The 215/60R16 tire is 26.2" in overall diameter, and the 225/50R17 is 25.9", so there would be just a little speedometer error.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Laura

Are 225/65-17 blizzaks too big for a 98 Grand Cherokee Laredo? If so, any safety issues? Thanks
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Doc

225/65R17 is not a recommended size due to a load concern. 235/65R17 is preferred.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Janelle

I currently have 275/60-15 on my 75 C10 truck and im wanting to put a 265/60-15 or a 265/75-15 on the wheel. Will either of these sizes work. If not what size range will?

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