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Will my all-terrain tires handle snow okay? Or do I need snow tires?

Discussion in '4x4 Discussion' started by Pam, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Pam

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    Jun 23, 2016
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    . snow_vs_tires (1).jpg It may not always be possible to own two sets of tires for your Jeep. So if you’re going to only have one set of tires, here’s what we recommend.​

    1) Make sure your all-terrain or all-weather tires are properly inflated. If a tire is too low it can cause significant tire failure, loss of steering and cornering capabilities. If tire pressure is too high it will make substantially less contact with the road.

    2) Measure your tread. Use a tire tread depth guage or the coin test to determine how much tread you have left. As a tire wears, it doesn’t perform well in rain and snow. If you don’t have enough tread to allow water to escape the grooves, your tire will float (hydroplane) on top of the water.

    For best water-handling performance, it’s a good idea to replace your tire when it reaches a remaining depth of 4/32. For safe driving in snow, we recommend you replace your tires with remaining tread depth of 5/32.

    3) There are many all-terrain tires under 35 inches that handle well in the snow. Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac and Yokohama Geolandar A/T Plus II are two that provide a higher level of traction in snow. Just look for the mountain with snowflake symbol indicating the tire meets the required performance standards in snow testing. If you only see the “M/S” brand marking on the tire, you’re looking at a tire tread designed for light snow only. (M/S = Mud and Snow)
    4) For Jeep tires 35 inches and above, we like Toyo Open Country MT and BF Goodrich BFG K02 all-terrain tires. These two give you aggressive traction on and off-road, with snow and mud-shedding tread, an outstanding grip for wet surfaces and excellent long-term durability and performance.

    Ben@RubiTrux.com, can you elaborate on this topic, specifically relating to Jeep tires?

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