Our friends at My Ford Magazine put together a pretty sweet list of how to prepare your car, truck or SUV’s tires with winter just around the corner.
1. HOW CAN I GET READY FOR WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS?
There are all-terrain tires that offer improved traction in various conditions. Winter tires are designed with rubber compounds that deliver optimal safety and control in cold-weather conditions and wet-weather tires have treads that channel water away from under the tire.
2. IF I ALREADY HAVE ALL-SEASON TIRES, DO I REALLY NEED WINTER TIRES?
If you live somewhere with a relatively mild climate, then all-season tires should work just fine. But if you live closer to the Snow Belt or if your all-season tires have some wear on them, then you could be put at risk.
3. SHOULD I GET THE SAME TYPE OF TIRE MY VEHICLE CAME WITH?
Ford original tires are designed to make the most of your vehicle’s performance, so it’s generally a good idea to stick with them. However, there are times when your driving conditions might require options better suited to your specific needs. The service technicians at your local Ford Dealer Service Center can help you troubleshoot.
4. DO DIFFERENT TIRES LAST LONGER?
All-season and touring tires generally have longer tread lives than performance tires. Other factors, such as vehicle type and driving tendencies (driving hard will often cause tires to deteriorate faster), also play a role in their life span.
5. WILL I GET A BETTER RIDE OUT OF SOME TIRES THAN FROM OTHERS?
That depends on what you’re looking for. Certain types of tires, such as all-season and touring, are designed for comfort and stability, while performance tires provide higher-speed capability