While moving to a new state means moving into a new residence, no rule states you must buy a new car. Making a few changes to your vehicle may be in order though. Someone coming from a region with a moderate climate doesn't likely drive with snow tires. Those all-season tires might not be appropriate for an area known for heavy snow. Transplants to a snown-heavy state should visit a tire service for a necessary upgrade.
Safety is the Concern
Winter tires provide better traction when snow and ice pile up. A vehicle with insufficiently protective tires runs a higher risk of crashing. The odds become even worse when the driver isn't familiar with frigid winter road conditions. Drivers must take accident prevention steps and avoid downplaying the risks. Saying "I don't drive very often or very far" isn't helpful. People lose control of vehicles even on short trips on snowy roads. Don't take a dismissive attitude. Put the appropriate tires on the car.
The Tire Selection Process
Selecting the right winter tires involves more than walking into a store and making a random selection. Discuss concerns with the tire service's representative to ensure you make the best choice. You may want to do the following:
- Mention Your Experience on Icy Roads: Experience or lack thereof means a lot when trying to maintain safety on roads covered in heavy snow. Tires range in quality and performance. Costlier brands could provide better stability and traction. A driver who can handle snowy roads might not need the best of the best tires. A novice, however, might benefit from buying top-of-the-line tires. So, let the tire seller know just how much experience you have — or don't have — with winter road conditions.
- Describe Roads Most Traveled: Provide more information and chances improve that you get the right tires. Let the service representative know the common roads and highways you travel on. Displaying a smartphone photo may help as well. Any supplementary information helps the cause.
- Note Any Driving Quirks: Do you have a "heavy foot" when applying brakes? Is your night vision somewhat limited? Relay such information to the seller. He/she may become extra cautious and recommend a durable-handling tire. Don't rely solely on the tire as it won't completely compensate for a driver's limitations.
Safety also comes from the proper installation and balancing of the tires. A garage that specializes in tire services might be the best place to patronize. Again, experience always counts.