When Mother Nature rears her ugly head in the heart of winter, road conditions can become a dangerous challenge many of you face on a weekly basis. While driving cautiously and leaving plenty of time for your commute are essential to getting to your destination safely in winter weather, there are also alterations you can make to your vehicle to help you more easily handle challenging road conditions.
For most of its vehicles, Honda recommends snow tires or chains to help you through snowy or icy driving conditions. To find specific information on your vehicle as it relates to winter tires, refer to your owner’s manual, which will provide the answers and specifications you need for your model.
What do snow tires offer than normal tires don’t?
As you probably expect, snow tires provide better grip and improved braking. Snow tires are softer and utilize grippier rubber, thus offering better traction on snow or ice. They also feature much deeper treads. Some snow tires feature studs that protrude from the tire, but these are only necessary for drivers who may regularly face uncleared country roads. These characteristics of snow tires help you maintain control of your vehicle while driving, of course, but they also allow you to stop in shorter distances, which can mean the difference between rear ending someone and stopping safely at a light.
It should be noted that snow tires are tough on roads and sacrifice some of the precision handling you’d experience with all-season tires. Their softer tires also cause them to wear a little faster, so if you plan to use them for the winter, make sure to get them changed when spring rolls around.
When should you use tire chains?
Tire chains essentially take snow tires to another level. Although they are less expensive than buying a full set of snow tires, there are often compatibility issues with smaller cars, which can cause damage to your vehicle undercarriage. Of course, using tire chains on dry roads can also cause some problems, whereas snow tires can be used on any road, they’ll just wear faster.
Check your Honda owner’s manual to find tire specifications and recommendations for your specific vehicle. You can also stop by our service center and we can help you understand which tires will work best for your vehicle and your budget.