Learn how to buy and maintain the right snow tires for you.
Winter tires, also known as snow tires, help provide enhanced traction in some of the most severe winter weather conditions including ice, slush, freezing rain and snow. Start your search to buy winter tires below. If you are looking to purchase tires from other tire categories, use our Tire Finder to easily find the right fit for your vehicle.
What Are Snow Tires & How Do They Work?
Winter tires are designed to help provide enhanced traction in colder temperatures. If you frequently drive through harsh winter conditions, winter tires might be right for you. Here are some quick and useful facts to help you make an informed purchase.
Buying Winter & Snow Tires
Buying winter tires is a wise economic decision, that can cost you less in the long run. An important thing to factor into your winter tire price is how much they'll save you in summer tire replacement. Using snow tires prevents your summer and all-season tires from wearing out as quickly and protects them from the harsh winter elements. Learn more and begin your search to purchase winter tires.
Winter Tire Facts & Safety Tips
Here are a few simple tips and facts that you should keep in mind when driving with winter tires.
- To help maintain stability and control of your vehicle in severe snow conditions, the RMA (Rubber Manufacturers Association) recommends installing winter tires in sets of fours.
- Even if you have traction control or four-wheel drive on your vehicle, these features can offer a false sense of security in winter conditions. Traction control/ABS are designed for vehicle stability, power transmission and controlled braking. They do NOT optimize traction or grip during all types of winter driving maneuvers.
- The Severe Snow Conditions Symbol located on the sidewall of a tire indicates a tire that meets a snow traction standard recognized by the RMA (Rubber Manufacturers Association). Remember to look for the Severe Snow Conditions Symbol when shopping for winter tires.
Winter Tire Care
When to Put on Winter Tires
You’ll want to mount your winter tires before the bad weather hits and you’re caught off guard. When the outside temperature drops consistently below 45F/7.2C, it is time to install your vehicle’s winter tires.
When to Remove Winter Tires
Keep your winter tires on your vehicle until the driving conditions have improved and the temperature is consistently above 45F/7.2C. Then, replace them with either summer or all-season tires.
How to Store Winter Tires
Once you have removed your winter tires, you'll have to store them until next winter.
- Keep them in a cool, dry location (ideally in a basement or garage).
- Keeping them in the heat can be detrimental to the rubber compound.
- Storing them in black storage bags prevents the rubber from drying or cracking.
Read more tips on how to properly store winter tires on and off your vehicle.
How Long Do Snow Tires Last?
If your winter tires have reached a remaining tread depth of approximately 4/32nds, you should consider replacing them before the next winter season. Explore some simple tread tests.