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Are your tires ready for winter? 3 things to know before the snow falls

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Cold weather is coming, and it’s time to get your car ready for the snow, sleet and ice on the roads.

Moore Tires Inc. in Mendota wants to make sure your tires are ready to handle those road conditions. The right winter tires can be a lifesaver in harsh conditions! Here are 3 things to consider when buying winter tires.

1.  Winter tires can help tackle seasonal differences in driving conditions.

As the name implies, winter tires offer ultimate winter weather handling and stability.  They are typically found on cars and small SUVs during winter months and are traded off in the spring for a more appropriate fair weather tire.  Plan on having two sets of wheels and tires unless you live in the tundra.

2. All-wheel drive may not be enough.

Even if you have all-wheel drive, you can benefit from adding a set of winter tires to your vehicle. They provide the extra traction needed to bring your car to a stop without sliding and they improve control.

Since winter tires are designed to give you better traction during cold weather, you’re less likely to end up on the side of the road in a ditch. You’re also less likely to be involved in an accident. Spending extra on winter tires today could save you the headache and cost of repairing damage later.

3. Monitor the winter temperatures.

The general rule of thumb is that winter tires are called for when temperatures consistently dip below 40 degrees.

In cold weather, an all-season tire gets stiff and inflexible, which means it’s not sticking to the road as well as usual. A winter tire is made with rubber designed specifically for colder temperatures, so it maintains its flexibility and helps you stay in control.

Moore Tires, 2411 E. Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071, 815-625-1800, www.mooretires.com