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I was thinking about getting winter tires for my car. Do I really need to replace all four tires, or will installing two winter tires reduce my risk of a NJ car accident?

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It’s a good idea to invest in winter tires, especially since our east coast winters have become harsher in the past few years. Winter tires typically have deeper treads to accommodate deep snow and a cold-resistant rubber compound that gives drivers better traction—even when temperatures drop below zero.

While the winter tires will provide better grip, the summer tires are more likely to slide, making the car unbalanced. If you are going to install winter tires, it is best to replace all of the tires instead of just two. Your car is made to perform best on four matching tires, so you can stay safe on summer tires all year long as long as you maintain them properly.

Here are a few key ways to ensure tire safety this winter:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated – Your tire pressure will change roughly 1 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit drop in temperature. Improperly inflated tires are the biggest cause of decreased traction, resulting in skidding and loss of steering control.
  • Perform weekly checks – Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove box and check the psi at least once a week. Your tire pressure should match the manufacturer’s specifications printed inside the door. Note: not every tire has the same recommended psi, so check each door before inflating.
  • Check your tread – Bald tires are a common cause of winter blowouts and swerving during braking. Check the depth of your tire treads to make sure they can handle the snow. 

Want to know more about keeping your family safe from winter car accidents in NJ? Browse our related articles on winter driving or contact Manfred F. Ricciardelli today to find out if you have a viable accident case.

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