Pros and Cons of Studded Tires

We've spoken in the past about the benefits of winter tires vs all-seasons. Our varied climate here in Canada, and even in The Maritimes, means that specific tires are needed for specific seasons. When it comes to wintertime, safety on the road is a prime concern. Depending on your driving habits, studded tires might be an option. Here are some pros and cons of studded tires.

When you're trying to decide if studded tires are right for you, consider your driving habits. Studs are going to give you the best traction on roads with snow and ice where they have something to grip on, helping to keep you moving. If you live in a rural area with plenty of back roads, studded tires might be to your advantage. On the other hand, if you live in a city or town where roads are rarely covered with ice and snow, a set of regular winter tires might be enough.

If you do decide to go ahead with studded tires, you are then faced with the decision of whether you buy them studded by the manufacturer or have a set studded by a retailer. A pre-studded set provides you with a quieter ride, and longer-lasting studs, but will be a higher price, whereas you will save money with having a set studded, but they won't last as long and may cause a lot of road noise.

At the end of the day, the decision is yours whether or not you get studded tires for your winter driving. Keep in mind though, your driving habits will play into whether or not they are really worthwhile for you. Do you have questions about driving habits or training? Let us know! We'd love to help!

Pros and Cons of Studded Tires

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