Not too many people realize that it's always best to get your brand new snow tires broken in before the snow flies.
New winter tires begin with deeper tread depths and more open tread designs than the tires used during the rest of the year. While the extra tread depth allows new winter tires to provide more traction in deep snow, it also contributes to more tread squirm and drivers may notice a reduction in handling responsiveness.
Before tires are cured, a release lubricant is often applied to prevent the tires from sticking in the mold. Unfortunately, some of the lubricant stays on the surface of the tires, and traction is reduced until it is worn away.
A few hundred miles of easy acceleration, cornering and braking...at no more than legal speeds will allow all of those components time to get used to working together while the mold release lubricant wears off to help minimize the tread squirm.
Whether it's a super aggressive Bridgestone or the performance oriented Dunlop snow tires, a little bit of attention before the first snowstorm can go a long way !
For more information on the unique handling nature of snow tires, click here
We always recommend keeping a close eye on tire pressures when the temperatures drop, with an extra 3-5 psi higher recommended inflation pressures increase tire stability and help offset the reduction in responsiveness.
For more information on winter tire pressures, click here