The 5 Most Common Myths About Snow Tires

If you live in Central New York, snow and cold are just a part of life. Making sure your vehicle is prepared to handle the extreme conditions of winter driving is just another part of living here.

Every year at Nimey’s The New Generation, we hear all sorts of “facts” about snow tires. We thought we’d set the record straight. Some of these “facts” aren’t true, and in some cases, believing them can be downright dangerous.

Myth #1: You only need 2 winter tires.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one. Some people think that if your car has front- or rear-wheel drive, you only need to put snow tires on those wheels. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Depending on your vehicle, you can end up with a limited ability to steer and stop, or a rear-end skid. You need 4 snow tires. (

Myth #2: If you have AWD, you don’t need snow tires.

AWD will help your vehicle get out of the snow if it’s stuck, but you still need a grip on the road if you want to stop – and in snow and slush, you’ll need snow tires to make that happen. (

Myth #3: You should under-inflate your tires for better traction.

Nope. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. Under-inflating your tires won’t help your vehicle keep a grip on the road, and in fact, can lead to tire damage. (

Myth #4: If the road is clear, you don’t need snow tires.

Snow tires aren’t just designed for better traction in snow and slush, they’re also manufactured so their rubber stays flexible in cold temperatures. That additional flexibility gives your vehicle better traction and stopping ability in our Central New York winters. (

Myth #5: Snow tires are too expensive.

The cost of snow tires are competitive with any other type of tire. For a real cost-analysis, compare the cost of snow tires with what you’ll spend on your deductible when limited handling and stopping ability leads to damage to your vehicle.

The truth is simple: if you want your vehicle to be ready to handle our severe Central New York winters, you need a tire that’s designed for the task. Call our service department at (315) 732-2704.