Belle Tire Provides Top Tips for Shopping for Winter Tires

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Useful tips to keep your tires and vehicle in top condition presented by Belle Tire, a discount tire retailer providing expert tire advice and complete auto care.

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Always remember to keep the good times rolling by preparing your car for the season’s unpredictable weather to ensure the safety of you and all your passengers.

Useful tips to keep car tires and vehicles in top condition presented by Belle Tire, a discount tire retailer providing expert tire advice and complete auto care.

Always remember to keep the good times rolling by preparing a car for the season’s unpredictable weather to ensure the safety of all passengers. If assistance performing any of the tests and winter adaptations is necessary as described below see a local Belle Tire Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technician. A qualified tire professional can recommend a car be fitted with a set of winter tires (also known as snow tires) to ensure safety of all passengers during the harsh winter months, even if the vehicle already has all-season tires on it.

Most cars today come equipped with all-season tires as indicated by the M+S (mud and snow) markings on the sidewall. These tires are not designed to be best in one specific weather condition but are meant to be adequate in all weather conditions.

Winter tires, as indicated by a mountain / snowflake symbol on the sidewall, will give the driver better traction, braking ability and maneuverability needed to drive safely on snow and ice.

Winter tires are rated based upon actual testing. For example, a test performed with two identical vehicles, one fitted with winter tires and the other with all-season tires, showed that the vehicle with winter tires traveling at 15 mph on ice stopped from 1/2 to a full car length shorter than identical vehicle with all-season tires.

Winter Tires Purchasing and Installation Tips
There are few things to keep in mind when shopping for and installing winter tires:
1.    Don’t put it off until the severe winter weather hits; have the car fitted in the fall. Be prepared and don’t get caught in a situation that might lead to a shortage of winter tires.
2.    Consider purchasing separate rims for winter tires. This will save time and costs involved in balancing the winter tires onto existing rims.
3.    Never mix winter tires with all-season tires. Keep an even tread depth, consistent tire design and similar rubber compound across all four wheels to ensure the best maneuverability.
4.    If unsure which winter tire to choose, pick the one that offers more tread. A deeper tread will grip the icy roads better than a lower tread.
5.    If a set of winter tires is already owned from last year, again, don’t wait until the last minute to have them installed. A good guideline for installing winter tires is to have them installed once the temperature is regularly 50 degrees or less. This will ensure that they do not wear prematurely in warmer weather. Also, remember to have them removed when the weather stays consistently above 50 degrees.
6.    Never reduce all-season tires' inflation to attempt to increase traction and match the performance of more flexible winter tires. Driving on underinflated tires of any kind in any season is dangerous. Always maintain proper tire pressure at all times.

Whether selecting winter tires, all-season tires or any other type of tires, be sure to select the tire that meets the vehicles specifications. A Belle Tire ASE certified technician can help with all related technical details and get a driver on the road with the tire that’s right for any vehicle, driving style and budget.

About Belle Tire
Allen Park, Mich.-based Belle Tire was founded in 1922 when it opened the first Belle Tire location in Detroit, Mich. Today, the company has expanded to 80 locations across Michigan and Ohio. Belle Tire offers tires, custom wheels and variety of car care needs, ranging from windshield repair and replacement, brakes, alignments, batteries, shocks and struts, exhaust system repair, batteries, and oil changes. For more information about Belle Tire, visit http://www.belletire.com/. Join the Belle Tire Advantage today, http://belletireadvantage.com.

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