Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet and snowy surfaces.
Underinflated tires offer less traction, can reduce fuel mileage, can wear out prematurely, and most importantly suffer unnoticeable and irreparable damage that compromises their performance so check your tires and fill them to the vehicle manufacturer specifications listed in your manual or inside your vehicle’s doorjamb. Reducing tire pressure to increase traction doesn’t work: driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous any time of year.
Under normal circumstances, tires are legally required to be replaced when they are worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. However, to have adequate snow traction, a tire (even a winter tire) requires at least 6/32-inches of tread. You need more tread depth in snow because your tires must compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. According to Tire Rack, if there isn’t enough tread depth, the “bites” of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced.
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