6 Ways People Damage Their New Tires

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After spending money on a brand new set of tires, the last thing you want to do is damage them. However, there are a lot of ways you can ruin your brand new tires if you act recklessly. At TreadHunter, we’ve compiled a list of different ways you can do damage to your tires on purpose.

1. Burnouts

Roasting your brand new rubber has never been easier. A burnout is when you keep your vehicle stationary while spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke due to the friction it creates. Burnouts are easily achieved in vehicles with manual transmissions. You just depress the clutch and rev the engine for a couple seconds, and then quickly release the clutch, producing smoke and burning rubber. Although you may want to act like your favorite Fast and the Furious character, don’t do this at home.

2. Power Braking

Power braking is similar to a burnout. Vehicles with automatic transmissions, not cars with manual transmissions, perform this type of move. Power braking is when you use the brakes to build engine rpm (revolutions per minute) before launching. Once the rpms have been raised, you slowly let off the break, which burns the rubber off your tires and leaves a cloud of smoke behind.

3. Drifting

Drifting is a driving technique in which you intentionally oversteer your car. This causes a loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while you are still maintaining control for the entirety of a corner. This type of maneuver is extremely hard on tires. The heat your tires produce while sliding across asphalt can quickly melt the rubber right off. Although it may look fun, it’s not fun when you have to pay for another new set of tires.

4. Excessive Camber

Camber is defined as the tilt of the wheels as viewed from the front or rear of your car. An excessive camber is when the wheels and tires are basically pushed toward the outside of the corner. Because of this, your car’s body rolls and the contact patch decreases significantly as it rolls over onto its outer shoulder. If you have an excessive camber, your tires will quickly wear unevenly on one shoulder and leave your tires bald. It’s best to not follow this trend if you want to maintain your tires.

5. Handbrake Turn

Turning sharp corners is made easier by the handbrake turn, but at what cost? Using the emergency brake in your car to lock up the rear wheels, the handbrake turn allows your car to slide through a corner in a tighter range. Although this may sound cool, it ruins your tires faster. Like drifting, this type of turn makes your vehicle slide across the asphalt, heating up your tires and wearing them out. The handbrake turn poses danger to your tires and to you. This method actually increases the risk of your vehicle flipping over. Keep you and your tires safe by not partaking in this type of dangerous turn.

6. Improper Fitting

Improper fitting can ruin your tires in many ways. If you have oversized tires, those can rub on your suspension components and on your fenders. The wear and tear causes your car to lose suspension and increases the effect of road bumps and potholes, making your ride less comfortable. In order to get the best fitting tires, you need to know the tire size. You can find the tire size and the wheel’s overall diameter and width by looking at the code on the sidewall of your tire.

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Plus-Sizing Your Tires: Good or Bad for Your Car?

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Recently, one of the biggest trends in the automotive industry is plus sizing. This refers to installing bigger wheels and tires on a vehicle to enhance its appearance or to improve handling. Although plus sizing may look aesthetically pleasing and may increase traction, these larger wheels and tires are often not as safe and durable as you think. At TreadHunter, we investigated this recent tire trend to see if plus sizing is good or bad for your car.

Benefits of Plus Sizing Your Tires

Upsizing your tires does increase your cornering response and traction on the road. It also increases your contact patch, which is the portion of your car’s tire that is in actual contact with the road. A larger contact patch generally improves grip, cornering and braking performance. However, the biggest benefit most consumers see with these larger wheels and tires is that it makes their car look more appealing. Because most consumers like the look of bigger wheels, they tend to buy the biggest wheels they can fit on their cars.

However, bigger is not always better. Although there is an increase in grip by fitting wider tires and wheels, it’s only a marginal increase. In most cases, the increase happens due to consumers choosing better-performing tires for their vehicle. There are many limits to this slight improvement.

Downside of Plus Sizing Your Tires

There are many downsides to plus sizing your tires and wheels. For example, maintaining the overall diameter of your tires becomes more difficult. If the diameter is not maintained, the tires could touch the edges of the fenders if you’re experiencing hard cornering, as well as touch other parts of your vehicle’s mechanics. Larger wheels and tires also create more issues with weight. The bigger the unsprung weight, the more issues it creates with handling and performance. Unsprung weight is referred to as the mass of the suspension, wheels or tracks, and other mechanisms directly connected to the vehicle, instead of supported by the suspension.

Additionally, bigger wheels and tires increase acceleration times and fuel consumption, rather than enhancing the overall performance. Due to the decrease in overall performance, the more you will notice your vehicle producing lower power. Also, if you decide to extremely increase your tires and wheels, it’s required that you have small sidewalls for your new tires, which can heavily decrease the comfort of your riding experience. Tires with small sidewalls are also more prone to failure because of road debris, which can be an issue if you live in an area where the roads are not adequate.

Another downside to plus sizing your tires and wheels is cost. The bigger the wheels and tires, the more expensive those are compared to smaller-sized equals. In certain situations this may not be a big deal, but it can be for others who are financially strapped. This is especially troublesome if you suddenly get a flat tire and need to buy a new one within the next day.

What to Consider When Plus Sizing

All in all, plus sizing your wheels and tires offers more complications than benefits in the long run. Even if everything else on your vehicle is working correctly, you’ll find that your larger tires will wear out more often than standard tires. But if you are still set on plus sizing your tires and wheels, there are a few things to consider before you buy.

You first need to make sure that the tires and wheels you want are approved for use on your vehicle. Checking your state’s legislation will help you see what changes are acceptable to perform on your wheels and tires. You also want to take into consideration the wheel and tire combinations concerning size. Your new wheel and tire combination should be within three percent of the original tire diameter. Make sure your replacement tires have the same load-carrying capacity as well.

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How to Decode Tire Sizes

Choosing the right tire all depends on the tire size. On the sidewall of your tire, you’ll find a code that tells you the tire’s size and capabilities. However, many people do not choose the correct tire size because they do not understand the basics of the code. At TreadHunter, we are experts at finding the tire size that best fits your vehicle. Below is our helpful guide on how to decode tire sizes, so you get the best fit.

Understanding What’s on Your Tire Sidewall

The alphanumeric code on your tire’s sidewall is easy to understand once you know the meaning of the letters and numbers involved. The numbers are indicators of the size, type and performance of the tire. Here is an example of what the code looks like on your tire: P195/60R16 92H. Below, we break down the meaning of each letter and number.

● Tire Type

The letter starting off the code indicates what type of tire it is. The letter “P” at the beginning of this code shows that it is a P-Metric tire, indicating that it is intended for passenger cars. Most tire size codes begin with the letter “P,” but there are some instances where you will see the letters “LT.” The letters “LT” stand for light truck and can be found at the beginning or the end of the tire size. This type of tire usually requires higher inflation pressures than passenger tires. You can consult your vehicle’s manual or tire placard for the recommended tire size and inflation pressure.

● Tire Width

The first three-digit number refers to tire width. It is the width of the tire across the tread in millimeters. For example, the tire width is 195 millimeters for this tire.

● Aspect Ratio

The two-digit number after the slash mark in the code is referred to as the aspect ratio. This is the ratio of the height of the sidewall, compared to its width. The 60 in this example code means that the height is equal to 60% of the tire’s width. The bigger the aspect ratio, the bigger the tire’s sidewall will be.

● Radial Construction

The letter “R” in the code stands for radial, meaning that the layers run radially across the tire.

● Wheel Diameter

The wheel diameter is the size of the wheel measured from one end to the other in inches. The diameter indicates the size of the wheel that the tire is meant to fit. For example, a size P195/60R16 92H tire is made for a wheel with a 16-inch diameter.

● Load Rating

The load index stands for the maximum load that the tire can support when correctly inflated. The maximum load for this example tire size is 92.

● Speed Rating

This tells you the maximum speed capability of a tire. A tire with an H-speed rating has a maximum speed capability of 130 mph or 210 km/h. Generally, speed ratings are matched to the highest speed capability of the vehicle.

Find Your Tire Size

Now that you know how to decode your tire size, you can find the right tires for your vehicle online at TreadHunter. You can conveniently search by tire size, tire brand, wheel size, location and by the type of car you have all in the comfort of your home. Sign up online today or contact us for more information.

5 Quick Tips for Buying New Tires

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If you have tires that are worn or underinflated, you put yourself, your vehicle and others at risk. It’s time for you to buy new tires. However, most drivers don’t know enough about tires to make an informed purchase. For many, it comes down to an affordable price, availability, appearance and reputation. But if you’re looking to save money and find quality tires that will last, at TreadHunter we developed a list that can help you understand which tires are right for your vehicle.

Tips for Buying Tires

1. Learning Tire Basics

Understanding the tire basics is essential to picking the right tire. Did you know there are different tread patterns for different types of tires? Or that the sidewall of a tire gives it ride characteristics? This is basic information you need to learn to determine which tires are right for your particular car. For example, if you want your tires to absorb more bumps, then a taller, softer sidewall is a better choice for you. But if you want enhanced cornering ability and a better steering response, then you want a shorter, stiffer sidewall. Also, keep in mind that your replacement tires should be a balance between ride quality, fuel economy, wear, load capability and cost.

2. Selecting the Right Tire

Generally, the biggest mistake people make when buying new tires is not using the correct tire size. You can find out the size by looking at the alphanumeric code on the sidewall of every tire. This code describes the tire’s dimensions, and helps you understand the size and the tire’s capabilities. For most tires, this code starts with a “P,” for passenger cars. Some may start with an “LT” to indicate the type of tire. “LT” stands for light-truck tires, which are designed to have higher load-carrying capacities and are usually found on pickups and SUVs.

The code also indicates the speed rating of the tire. The speed rating interprets the tire’s ability to dissipate heat, or how it prevents heat buildup. Heat is not a tire’s friend. The more heat, the faster the tire wears and might break down. If you’re driving on the highway most of your days, you’ll want a tire with a higher speed rating. A tire with a higher speed rating can dissipate more heat and give you better control and handling at higher speeds on the highway.

Another important factor in selecting the right tires is the load rating. The code on the sidewall also indicates the load-carrying capacity of that particular tire. When selecting brand new tires, you have to be careful not to select a tire with a lower load-carrying capacity. The load rating should be at least as high as the tire you are replacing.

3. Determine How Many Tires You Need to Replace

In most cases, people replace either two tires at a time or all four. But it is possible for you to just replace one tire, or even three at time. It all depends on your tire needs. If you’re only replacing one tire, you can find the exact match or find a new tire of the same brand, model, speed rating and load capacity. If you’re replacing two tires, replace the worn-out tires with a matched set for even wear and better performance.

For three new tires, find new tires that are the same or better quality, but be sure to check the wear on the used tire you chose not to replace. If there is not much tread life, you may just want to replace it anyway for better performance. If you are replacing all four of your vehicle’s tires at one time, there is no need for you to replace your used tires with the same brand or model. At TreadHunter, there are a variety of new tire options you can choose from online that are appropriate for your vehicle.

4. Do Your Research

Reading reviews are a great way to determine which tires you want to buy and get exactly what you want. You want to look for reviews that explain how long the tires lasted, the performance of the tire and how well it handles, information on the fuel economy and if there are any known issues or potential recalls. This information helps you get a better perspective of the quality of tires you think you want to purchase. By comparing several types of tires, you can make an informed decision and find the one that matches your exact needs, as well as your budget. You may also find that the most expensive tire may not be the best one to purchase.

5. Know Where to Buy Your Tires

When it comes to getting new tires, there are a lot of options to choose from. But which option is the best? You could purchase new tires at your dealership, but it could cost you twice as much as you originally intended to spend. Another option is purchasing new tires at your local shop, which offer reasonable prices and a service manager that can help you pick out the right tire for your car. However, you might have to shop around for a while to compare different prices and installation fees.

At TreadHunter, we make finding new tires quick and easy. We connect you to tire stores in your area to find the tires that you want, at the price you want. You can conveniently compare hundreds of new and used tires all at once, making your new tire search as stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for quality tires at an affordable price, register today to find the best local tire deals.

TreadHunter and Dunlap and Kyle Tire Co. Announce Partnership

The Internet tire buying experience is becoming more and more fragmented. Consumers are buying tires from online retail stores and having them installed at other local neighborhood shops. But at TreadHunter, we connect online consumers directly to local retail tire stores in the area, bringing the online tire sale back to neighborhood tire stores and unifying the purchase and installation experience for our customers. That is why we are excited to partner with Dunlap & Kyle Co., Inc., also doing business as Gateway Tire and Hesselbein Tire. Our partnership with Dunlap & Kyle Co. now provides their retail customers easy access to the online tire marketplace.

Founded in 1929 and based in Batesville, Mississippi, Dunlap & Kyle Co., Inc. is a leading wholesale and retailer tire dealer selling to independent dealers and retail stores from seventeen U.S. wholesale locations. This partnership agreement covers all retail tire store customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Our online tire marketplace, at TreadHunter, is one of the key ways that Dunlap and Kyle Tire Co. connects consumers to the local store and ensures future growth. Consumers can search for tires based on location, tire size, tire brand and type of car.

President and CEO of Dunlap & Kyle Co., Robert Dunlap, agrees as he stated, “the TreadHunter marketplace solution allows our dealers and retailers to move easily onto an online marketplace to sell their tires and keep 100% of the tire profit.”

If you are a retail customer of Dunlap & Kyle Co., Gateway Tire or Hesselbein Tire and would like to participate in this exciting opportunity to increase your online sales, contact us for more information or register today. In less than minute, you can be selling tires online and not just installing tires bought online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tire Care Tips for the Winter

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Ready Your Tires for the Winter

 

Caring for your tires is crucial for driver safety. Using improper tires for different road conditions, neglecting your tires or putting off repairs can negatively impact your driving experience. Now that winter is here, you will need your tires to be at 100 percent to travel safely on the snowy and icy roads. The best way to care for your tires is to follow TreadHunter’s helpful tips below.

 

Wear and Tear

While rushing around during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about your tires. It’s important to be aware of the age of your tires and to check your tire tread depth. There are a few ways in which you can check on the treads without having to take your car to the shop. Grab a penny, or any coin, and stick it into the groove of your tire. If you can see the president’s head, then you will need new tires. With the treads worn down, the car will not be able to grip the road nearly as well, causing you to slide all over the road with or without inclement weather.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure

Making sure you have the right amount of pressure and air in your tires is also a key factor. The only tool you will need is a tire pressure gauge to check if there is adequate pressure in your tires. To find out how much air is required for your tire, there should be a small sticker placed on it that tells you the correct number. Cold weather may also cause your tire pressure to drop so keep an eye out for that during your weekly tire pressure checks.

 

Avoid Getting a Flat

One of the best ways to avoid getting a flat is to pay attention to the road. Paying attention can help you avoid large bumps and potholes as well as large rocks and branches that can cause you to get a flat. Some hard to see objects such as nails and sharp rocks also can get wedged into your tire and slowly release air. In that case, a patch for your tire is required. It may be a little tricky to do by yourself, so having one of your local mechanics take care of it will most likely be your best bet.

 

Proper Tire Care Will Help You Save Money

Keeping up with your tires can save you a few dollars in repairs and replacements. Not only do you save money, you also save on fuel economy, as durable tires do not use as much fuel as those that are poorly maintained. Additionally, if your tires are worn down, you could find yourself in an accident. Not only will you be covering the cost for new tires, you’ll also be paying for a new car. Not to mention your insurance rates will skyrocket. Taking a small amount of time out of your day once every few weeks will greatly benefit your car and help you avoid a disaster.

Purchase New Tires Today at TreadHunter

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How Winter Tires Will Save You Money

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At TreadHunter, we know tire performance is crucial to how your car functions, especially in frigid weather and on icy roads. While it may be expensive to replace tires every season, winter tires really do make all the difference. Better traction, thicker tread, and easier braking are only a few of the advantages that winter tires can provide. The best part is – they also save you money! Here are five ways we think winter tires can help you keep cash in your pocket.

 

Cost Benefits of Winter Tires

 

1. Maintenance

By replacing all four tires with winter tires, you increase the control and balance of your car. Just two winter tires can create mismatched traction and cause a spin out or busted tire, so the best way to get the most for your money is by replacing all four tires. You will avoid having to purchase multiple sets of tires, inspect your car a lot less frequently, and save money on trips to the mechanic.

2. Safety

Winter tires are beneficial in most poor weather conditions, and make driving in wet weather much easier. Unlike all-weather tires, winter tires have increased grip, make collision-avoidance easier, and stop quickly and efficiently. These characteristics allow for increased control over the tires and your car, reducing your risk of accidents significantly and saving you money on repairs as well.

3. Insurance

If maintenance and safety aren’t enough of a reason for you to invest in winter tires, you also receive a price break on your insurance if you install them. Regular all-season tires lose elasticity and effectiveness in wintery weather, making you more accident-prone that may lead to an increase in your insurance. On the other hand, if you use winter tires, you decrease braking distance by up to 25% and make the roads that much safer. All you have to do for a discount on your premium is keep all four winter tires on from November to March and let your insurance company know. Be sure to keep in mind that not all insurance companies provide such a discount, so find out before you make a hefty purchase.

4. Longevity

Investing in a second set of tires that you only use a few months a year increases the life of your tires. The minimal use you get out of both sets of tires makes them last much longer, minimizing how much wear and tear each set of tires is subjected to. If you were to use all-season tires on snowy and icy roads, the tread would wear prematurely; making you purchase new tires far more frequently than the recommended six to ten-year life span. It may be more expensive to purchase winter tires, but it is a long-term investment that also increases your safety and decreases accidents and cost of car and tire repair.

5. Knowledge

Yes, winter tires are more expensive than standard tires, but they also provide more safety and security than all-weather tires. You can save money on your winter weather purchase by doing your research and comparing local tire rates. Ask your friends and family, visit tire stores in the area, and search online for the best tire deals. If you know what you are looking for and how much you are looking to spend before you buy, it will make it much easier to find sturdy tires without breaking the bank.

Tires Near You

Making sure your tires are functioning properly is key to driving in the winter. Let TreadHunter help you search for new tires by location, tire size, tire brand, or car type, all without having to leave home. Contact us for more information or register online to start your hunt today!

Why You Should Check Your Tire Pressure in Cold Weather

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How Cold Weather Affects Tire Pressure

 

With the cold months ahead, your car is at liberty of being damaged by the frigid winter breeze. Many people do not think twice about their tire pressure during the winter months, but an underinflated tire can be a recipe for disaster. With our knowledge on tire pressure at TreadHunter, protecting your car should be a breeze this winter.

 

Cold Weather Deflates Your Tires

The freezing temperatures of the air in the winter months tend to have a negative effect on your tire pressure. Cold temperatures cause your tire to underinflate, whereas hotter temperatures cause them to overinflate. Checking your tire pressure at least a few times per month will help you stay on top of it. Some cars have a built-in tire monitoring system, but for others you will need to use a tire-checking gauge.

 

Underinflated Tires Cause Blowouts

When driving with one or more underinflated tires, your risk of having a blowout vastly increases. Not only do blowouts put the driver at risk, but also everyone else on the road. Depending on the severity, a blowout could cause the tire to combust, breaking off into debris and shrapnel. The blowout may even cause you to lose control of the car and crash, putting the lives of others at risk. Don’t rely on eyeballing your tire and take the time to properly check your tire pressure with a gauge. It only takes a few minutes and can save your life.

 

Decreased Tire Usability

Driving with an underinflated tire causes the original shape of the tire to become deformed. The more and more you drive without enough pressure – the constant wear and tear will cause your tire to bend. Bending of the tire builds up internal heat, causing an increase in rolling distance that lowers the fuel economy by five percent. Bending can also cause your tires’ tread life to be reduced by up to 25 percent. Your steering and corner stability may suffer as well, making it much more difficult to drive. Once your tire loses more than 6psi, you should add air to your tires, but anything below that is fine.

Lowers the Amount of Weight Your Car Can Carry

Each car has a weight maximum in which they can hold or carry. If your tires are underinflated, that weight limit decreases. It can be extremely detrimental to you and your vehicle if you overload your car especially on bad tires. For example, if you have a truck and you’re used to driving around with heavy amounts of weight in the bed, by the time you get down the street your truck will be down to its frame. A few minutes of tire maintenance will save you from a lot of trouble.

Purchase New Tires from TreadHunter

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Tips for Your Long Distance Road Trip

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Whether you are traveling to see family, are heading on a vacation, or are on your way back to school, long distance drives can be daunting and lengthy. The best way to have a trip without hiccups and headaches is to follow TreadHunter’s five tips below.

Long Distance Driving Tips

1. Be Prepared

The best way to put a damper on a road trip is to be stranded on the side of the road, because you didn’t prepare ahead of time. Get plenty of sleep the night before your drive, and stock up on food and water. Check to make sure that your tires are in good condition, the fuel tank is full, and you are equipped with washer fluid, coolant, and any other liquids the car may need. Also have a survival kit on hand with tools for inclement weather (a shovel and extra wiper blades, for example), spare blankets, and first aid needs.

2. Bring a Buddy

Driving alone may cause you to become drowsy or unfocused behind the wheel. Having a buddy makes the drive go by much quicker and allows you to share the driving responsibilities with someone. You’ll be able to keep an eye on one another, ensuring that you both do not drive while too tired. If you do drive with a buddy, be sure to keep your focus on the road as having someone in the passenger seat sometimes can quickly turn into a distraction.

3. Get Informed

If you’re crossing state lines, it’s important to know how their laws differ from your local laws. While certain things may be acceptable in one area it may not be in another, being unaware of the local laws is typically not an excuse for a violation. Also, keep your GPS with you in case you lose track of your route to avoid having to face unexpected traffic or construction delays. Bringing a road map or atlas as a backup doesn’t hurt either.

4. Take Breaks

Even if you think you can soldier through an entire eight or ten-hour drive, it is advisable to stop and stretch your legs from time to time. Aches, pains, and cramps are inevitable during a long-distance drive, which can divert your attention from the road. By taking frequent breaks, you will get the chance to avoid fatigue, grab some food or coffee, and experience different scenery than the inside of your car. It will also give you the opportunity to inspect your car, check tires for accurate air pressure, and fuel up as needed.

5. Conserve Resources

Use of gas and food should be limited and staggered throughout your trip. It’s more efficient and inexpensive to drive at a slower speed for a longer duration than driving at a faster pace to get to your destination. If you’re willing to slow down a little, you’ll save money on gas and a tire replacement while also avoiding a speeding ticket at the same time. Additionally, consume the food and water you brought in moderation so you don’t run out of all your snacks within the first few hours.

Tires in Your Area

With proper preparation, you can make the most out of your long-distance drive. TreadHunter helps you make the most out of your car by finding local tire deals and organizing tire searches by location, tire size, tire brand, or car type. The best part is that it’s all online. Register today and begin searching for tires from the comfort of your home!

6 Tips for Using Snow Chains

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Snow might be pretty to look at from your window, with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, but it does not make for the best driving conditions. With colder weather quickly approaching and snowy days right around the corner, having the tips and tricks necessary to combat harsh driving conditions is imperative. This being said, investing in snow chains, also known as tire chains or cables, is a winter weather essential. Unsure whether you need snow chains or why you should utilize them? Keep reading to learn 6 tips for using snow chains.

6 Tricks to Using Snow Chains on Your Car

1. Understand How and Why They Work

When roads get icy or snowy, you want to make sure your tires have proper traction to avoid accidents. Snow chains provide the peace of mind you need because they cover wheels of a vehicle and give tires better traction when stuck in snow. They help tires get a stronger grip on the harshest and slipperiest of roads, allowing improved rotation of the wheels. The chains also prevent skidding and aid with hydroplaning if you are driving on black ice or through melting snow.

2. Explore Different Chain Features

All chains are not created equally, as some handle certain types of terrain or road conditions better than others. Make sure you know how many chains you need, and what type they should be. If you have a 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, you will probably need 2 sets of snow chains instead of just one set for 2-wheel drive. Do your research before you buy, learning which chain suits your vehicle, the terrain you most frequently encounter, and what kind of chain you can buy within your budget.

3. Choose the Right Size for Your Tires

Snow chains are useless if they do not fit snugly around your tires. Incorrect chain size can undermine performance of your tires, and may even cause damage and stalling to tires and your vehicle. To find out if your tires can be equipped with tire chains (not all vehicles can), make sure you know how to check your tire size, and then consult your vehicle’s manual, maintenance guide, or tire dealer accordingly. Once you have verified that there are no warnings or regulations you should by mindful of, you are ready to purchase your snow chains.

4. Practice Installation at Home

If you know how to use the chains before you head out, the experience of using them will be much easier and less stressful when it matters. Understanding how to keep chains from tangling, how to tighten them as needed, and how to take them off ahead of time will make you more prepared to use the chains in the future.

5. Be Mindful of Driving Habits

Your driving style can affect the performance of your chains, so be extra careful about spinning tires, hitting curbs, locking wheels when you brake, or driving on bare pavement that is not covered by snow or ice. Also, be sure to stay under 30 mph and accelerate slowly and evenly. Any of these poor driving habits will compromise how well your chains work, jeopardizing your safety and causing premature wear on your chains and tires.

6. Only Use Chains as Necessary

Another big component of learning about snow chains before you purchase them is knowing when you do or do not need to use them. You do not need snow chains when driving in wet weather or on snowless roads. Additionally, if you already have snow tires, it is likely that chains are not needed because snow tires are designed with deeper tread and rubber that is more appropriate for cold weather. Whether you need chains also depends on local requirements, as snow tires will suffice a lot of the time.

Shop for Tires Online

With the 6 tips above and a little bit of research, you will be a pro at driving in snowy conditions. It is essential to learn how, why and when to use snow chains before you buy them, and TreadHunter helps make all of your driving experiences a breeze. Learn how simple it is to buy new tires with us once you start your search today!