Stretching your dollar on snow tires

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — If you’ve ever thought about getting snow tires but never took the plunge we have got your back. We found out how to pick out a snow tire without spending outside you budget.

It may feel like just one more thing you have to buy this time of year but snow tires can keep you safe on the road which is why I found out how you can get them without overspending. Just what we need, another expense to prepare for the winter but in New England snow tires may be what gets you home safe when weather strikes and Branford Town Fair Tire’s Michael Riggione says buying name-brand tires isn’t always necessary.

“Any snow tire that you go with, even an entry level quality, is going to handle much better than your all-season tire because it has one specific function,” Riggione said.

Here’s how they work: the all season tires you’re likely driving on now are designed to handle a little bit of weather pretty well across the board but snow tires are built specifically to give you traction in the snow.

“In any snow tire you want to look for these treads to be wide open, you want to look for the ability to push the water out,” he added.

So how can you have the tires without overspending? Riggione says ask about off-brand tires, shop around, he says he’ll price match if you find a better deal and ask about a smaller tire that may cost less. In some cases, the snow tires alone may lower your insurance rates.

Here’s a site that may help you find the right tire for you.

Here’s a look at a Consumer Reports review of tires.

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