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Prepare for Winter with New Tires in Fall

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You already know that autumn is the season of everything pumpkin-spice, changing leaves, Halloween, corn mazes, hayrides, and apple-picking, but did you know that it is also the best time for a tire check? Yep. Because winter falls after fall, if you pay attention now to your spinning wheels, you’ll be well-prepared for winter-weather woes.

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“If your tires are worn, consider replacing them with new ones before foul weather strikes. You want to be ready for challenging weather,” according to Consumer Reports Writer Gene Petersen. “And inventory is plentiful and you may beat the rush from last-minute buyers.”

According to Petersen, if you need new tires and your neck of the woods doesn’t see a lot of ice and snow days or you have the flexibility to wait out a bad-weather day, all-season tires are a fine choice. But, if you reside in a place that sees the lion’s share of winter’s worst elements, you should opt for dedicated winter or snow tires.

“As our tests show, they provide an added margin of grip to stop, start, and corner far better than typical all-season tires on snow,” according to Petersen. “They’re the right choice if you must drive in a snowstorm or just want peace of mind. Their sure-footed grip will benefit cars with all-wheel, rear-wheel, and front-wheel drive. But their treads wear quickly, and the tires should be used only in the wintry months.”

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According to Petersen, it’s best to invest in a new set of tires sooner than later since inventories are limited and can be in high-demand—you don’t want to have to settle for what’s left.

News Source: Consumer Reports