Explore the benefits of winter tires

February 7, 2013 12:00 AM

It may be the middle of winter, but it's not too late to make an investment that could keep you safe throughout the season. Winter tires, sometimes called snow tires, are a worthwhile purchase that can help you out of a jam when temperatures drop and road conditions get icy. 

"It costs money, but what's the value of avoiding an accident?" Ron Margadona, a manager at Michelin, told The Detroit Free Press. "People need to know that tires improve their mobility and safety ... Winter tires are designed to keep you mobile and safe in the cold months." 

According to a study done by the news source, winter tires performed substantially better in tests - and that was in a controlled environment where things like oncoming traffic, pedestrians and other unavoidable elements were not a factor. 

AOL Autos reports that anyone who has a job or position that may require them to drive on icy or snowy roads before they have been properly cleared should use winter tires for improved traction. While all season tires are passable when there's an occasional snowfall, the durability of their winter counterparts is tough to beat. 


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