Your car’s tires are also very important when it comes to winter driving, according to Matt Edmonds, vice president of TireRack.com, an online source for tire reviews and tire, wheel, and performance accessory purchasing. “If temp are near or below freezing frequently where you live and drive, then winter tires are the better choice to increase traction and safety,” Edmonds says. “Winter tires give drivers more traction because the tread compound stays flexible when temperatures go below 45 degrees, the tread designs have more “biting edges,” and the tread depth helps move volumes of snow, ultimately allowing the tires to grip the road better.”
There are different types of winter tires, each designed for specific conditions. When shopping, consider your needs, and replace all four tires with those designed for your weather conditions. “Depending on your needs, this may mean either studless ice and snow tires or performance winter tires if winter is light snow and cold temperatures,” Edmonds says.