Do You Really Need Snow Tires?


Anyone who has tried to power through a Northeast winter with all-weather tires can tell you there has to be a better way. Snow tires, now often referred to as “winter tires,” has better tread and softer rubber for superior grip and improved performance. Here’s how to decide if upgrading is right for you.

Consider the Weather

Chilly temperatures can cause the rubber in standard tires to become stiff or brittle, which reduces traction and may cause damage. Due to this, winter tires are recommended for climates where temperatures routinely dip below 40 degrees.

During tough winters in the Northeast, it’s not uncommon for the weather to go from balmy and spring-like to arctic overnight and for a foot of snow to accompany the change in temperature. When you wake up to that kind of radical shift, you need tires designed to power through the slush left behind by plows so that you can get to work without incident.

Assess Your Regular Mileage

If you have to go to work most days during the week regardless of the weather, snow tires are pretty much non-negotiable. When working from home, doing remote work or focusing on freelance projects, however, you may have the option of staying put when the weather is nasty. Snow tires can be expensive, so it only makes sense to invest if you’ll get enough use out of them to justify the price. If you barely drive at all during winter weather, you may be able to get away with keeping your all-season w