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Winter is here. Those living in cold areas that experience a lot of snow and ice often worry about sliding and slipping when they drive. What can be done to improve your car’s traction this winter?

Vehicles that have traction control and anti-lock brakes will help you maintain better steering control. Front wheel drive or all wheel drive will also help your traction during winter driving conditions. The best improvement however, is to swap your summer or all-season tires for winter or snow tires.

Snow tires have a special tread design that helps them bite into snow and ice for better traction. They are made out of a softer rubber compound that lets them stay flexible at low temperatures. Snow tires are your best bet for safe winter driving if you live in areas that experience much snow or ice.

You may think you can get away with just two snow tires, but this isn’t a good idea. Mixing the types of tires will lead to poor handling, especially during skids. Even a set of four inexpensive snow tires will give you better handling than your all-season ones.

Some people like to plus size their car tires for a sportier look. This is fine for summer driving. In snow and slush, however, plus sized tires will give more resistance and drag and make it harder to drive.

Using a narrower tire in the winter can more easily cut through the snow and slush. You may want to see about “minus sizing” your tires when purchasing snow tires. This may also save you some money as the smaller, narrower tires could be less expensive.

Snow tires are rated with speed ratings. The tires with higher speed ratings cost more. Although you probably won’t be driving that fast in the snow, I hope, tires with the higher speed rating will give better performance in ice and snow. Utah auto repair experts can help you select the right tire for your vehicle and budget.

Utah auto repair technicians are available to help you with all your automotive needs. This winter, let the Utah auto repair servicemen put snow tires on your vehicle. You’ll have a safer drive and greater peace of mind.

Visit us at: Master Muffler & Brake Complete Auto Care 1795 North State Street Orem, UT 84057 (801) 224-1847

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