Winter driving requires proper driving techniques. Snow, ice, and slippery conditions affect everything from proper acceleration to turning to braking and all facets of driving.
Winter/Snow Tire Application – It is always preferable to apply winter/snow tires to all wheel positions, including duals, to maintain vehicle mobility and control.
- If winter/snow tires are applied to the front axle of a vehicle, winter/snow tires must also be installed on the rear axle. Do not apply winter/snow tires only to the front axle. This applies to all passenger and light truck vehicles, including front-wheel drive, 4WD, and AWD vehicles.
- If winter/snow tires are installed on the rear axle of any vehicle, it is recommended (but not required) that they also be installed on the front axle.
Studded Winter/Snow Tire Application – Studded winter/snow tires have higher traction qualities under most winter weather conditions.
- If studded winter/snow tires are installed on the front axle of any vehicle, studded winter/snow tires must also be installed on the rear axle. Do not apply studded winter/snow tires only to the front axle.
- If studded winter/snow tires are installed on the rear axle of any vehicle, it is strongly recommended that they also be installed on the front axle. Only if studded winter/snow tires are installed on all wheel positions of a vehicle will optimum handling characteristics be achieved.
- Some states prohibit the use of studded tires, and many states have seasonal limitations on their use. Before installing, check with state and local regulations.
It is generally acceptable to apply a winter/snow tire with a lower speed rating than the original equipment tire; however, the vehicle speed is to be restricted to that of the replacement tire.
Installing winter/snow tires (studded or non-studded) only on the front axle may cause the vehicle to experience adverse handling characteristics. This may result in an accident, which could cause serious injury or death.