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    Winter tires may make a big difference

    Winter is right around the corner, and the prospect of dealing with inclement weather and plunging temperatures has many drivers considering the best ways to prepare their vehicles. One of the top choices for this is installing winter tires, which can offer better safety and performance on different types of terrain. 

    Although most drivers stick with all-season tires, there are several options for those vehicle owners who want to go above and beyond for their automobiles. 

    The benefits of snow tires
    Drivers who don't want bad weather to stop their recreational driving should seriously consider installing snow tires on their vehicle. These tires are designed to retain their elasticity even as temperatures drop, which enables them to keep a better, stronger grip on the roads and terrain.  Their flexibility leads to better traction and safer operations in all types of conditions. 

    "Winter tires provide increased traction, braking and handling in wintry conditions, all of which are important for safe driving during the winter season," said Philip Dobbs, the chief marketing officer for Bridgestone Americas. "Think about it this way - a snowplow can't clear the cold. If it's cold enough to see your breath, you should consider changing to winter tires." 

    For fans of off-roading, snow tires can provide peace of mind. Safety is always of paramount importance, and the advantages offered by snow tires can make a big difference in how you handle the elements. 

    What you need to know
    Using winter tires can be a big boon for you and your vehicle, but you have to know how to use them properly. Bridgestone Americas recommended installing these tires when the temperatures begin to drop. Overnight frosts can contribute to slick roads, as can wet leaves accumulating throughout nature trails, so you may need to have wheels with a better grip in these situations. That is especially true if your rock crawling and traction become more important. 

    Installing a lift kit on a truck or SUV could impact the size of the tires needed to fit on your automobile. If you've raised the ground clearance on your off-road vehicle, you will want to research how that affects the size snow tires you need or if there are specific brands and styles that work best. 

    You may be familiar with installing traditional tires to an automobile, but snow tires may have certain quirks that you need to accommodate. Be sure to read the instructions and check the owner's manual to see if there are restrictions you must adhere to.