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Buying winter tires

Buying winter tires

Winter tires add more traction in severe winter conditions including ice, slush and snow.
They offer elevated performance and control to help you face tough winter driving with confidence.

Consider winter tires if

  • You face difficult road conditions

    The hills, twists, and turns you may regularly face on the road may become even more challenging in severe winter conditions. The traction and control of winter tires can help you with your every day commute and face unplowed snow, heavy slush, and ice.

  • You face harsh weather conditions

    There is a common misconception that you only need winter tires for driving on snowy terrain. However, they are also recommended for drivers when the temperature consistently stays below 45F/7.2C. While all-season tires can provide some traction in light snow or wet conditions, the advanced traction and performance of winter tires offer an even more confident driving experience.

what winter tires provide

Confident performance

Your vehicle’s starting, stopping, and turning abilities ultimately come down to the amount of traction your tires can offer on snow-covered or icy road surfaces.

Advanced designs

Winter tires are designed with a specialized tread compound, made for lower temperatures and help provide better traction in snow and ice.

A sense of security

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. Winter tires, on the other hand, offer improved braking performance and shorter stopping distances that give you confidence and comfort on the road.

the sign of confidence

The Severe Snow Conditions Symbol located on the sidewall of winter tires indicates that the tire meets Rubber Manufacturers Association winter traction performance requirements and is for severe winter driving conditions. All Dunlop winter tires meet this standard.

Things to keep in mind

the rule of four

Four winter tires should always be installed for equal traction. Installing only two winter tires can upset the balance of traction and handling of your vehicle.**

Swap them out

While Dunlop winter tires are built for confident performance in harsh conditions, they are not made for year-round use. Keep your Dunlop winter tires on your vehicle until the driving conditions have improved and the temperature is consistently above 45F/7.2C. Then, swap them out with either Dunlop summer tires or all-season tires.

Storing winter tires

When it’s time to store your winter tires, it’s important to keep them in a cool, dry and preferably shaded or dark location (ideally in a basement or garage). They should be stored off of the floor on a pallet or rack and facing sidewall to sidewall.

**NOTE: “T” rated Dunlop radial snow tires may replace “H” rated original equipment tires in sets of four (4). For winter tires, it is acceptable to use a snow tire rated not more than one step below the OE tire speed rating, or the equivalent speed rating, and fitted only in sets of four (4). For the best driving results, Dunlop recommends that a complete set of four snow tires be mounted on a vehicle. On front-wheel-drive vehicles, snow tires must be fitted in complete sets of four tires. If high traction snow tires are mounted on the front and lower-traction tires are mounted on the rear, the rear of the vehicle can lose traction during cornering or braking on snow or ice and spin out. This is a difficult condition for most drivers to control. Snow tires on all wheel positions will provide the most effective and safest winter driving.

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