Time for Winter Tires

By WBNG News

December 8, 2010 Updated Dec 8, 2010 at 8:01 PM EDT

Having the right tires this winter season could ease your travel worries and keep you safer.

Action News Reporter Lindsay Nielsen has information for choosing the right tread.

Many people come to the tough decision of choosing between a snow tire or an all season tire for the winter.

There are some important facts you should know before deciding.

"A winter tire is the ultimate. It gives you twenty five percent better traction it has different chemical compounds in it. The colder it gets the tire stays more pliable," says Tony Badaloni of Tony B's Tire & Auto Service Center.

Badaloni says it is highly recommended to have all four snow tires to prevent sliding.

If you can only buy two snow tires, they should go on the rear and your best all season tires on the front.

Those are good in lighter snow.

"Well, for this area most cars can get away with having all season tires provided they're either all wheel drive or front wheel drive," says President of AAA Southern NY, Richard Jacobs.

All-season tires can also work for people who are driving mostly on flatter areas.

Be sure to check tread wear.

Tony B's and Triple A have more tips for safe driving this winter.

You should never warm up your car in an enclosed area, always make sure your tires are inflated, and never leave your gas tank under half a tank.

"The most detrimental thing for a battery is extreme cold or extreme heat so definitely if your batteries old you should have that checked," says Badaloni.

"You need to know wether or not your car has ABS or just standard breaks because you treat them a little differently," says Jacobs.

The price between all season and snow tires does not vary much.

However, when you see the price of gas go up, expect tire prices to rise too.

It takes seven to ten gallons of crude oil to make an average tire.

In Johnson City Lindsay Nielsen WBNG TV Action News."

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