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What is the best tire for your vehicle during the winter?

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - A turn or sudden stop on a slippery, ice covered  road can cause the most seasoned drivers to lose it.  

This is when it is best to have the right tires.

All-season tires can get you through a lot of Western New York's winter weather until the temperature drops below 45 degrees.

That's when Nathan Bartek of Dunn Tire told News 4 the rubber becomes less pliable. 

"That is why a winter tire is specifically designed to remain pliable, when it does really get cold out. So, it is going to push the snow and the ice out of the way, Where an all-season tire is not going to be able to perform to its maximum capabilities," said Bartek. 

Some cars might come with different size tires for the front and the back. Bartek cautions about a false sense of security if you drive a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Bartek says winter tires, especially snow tires, are going to corner better and stop sooner.

"You are going to be able to get up and go from a stoplight better if you have winter tires on there.  So, a lot of the consumers, they get that 'my vehicle is all-wheel drive, I don't need winter tires.' It has nothing to do with the vehicle at all, It's the tire,"

What is the safest kind of winter tire on ice?  Bartek says studded tires will grab much better

"It is a winter tire and the manufacturer actually has holes within the tread where you can place stud in there, using a stud gun."

But once the studs are installed, they cannot be removed.

Studded tires are only legal on New York roads from October 16 until April 30. When it comes time to take them off, if storage is a problem, Dunn Tire can store them for you. 


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