Posted: Oct 27, 2013 4:42 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Oct 27, 2013 4:47 PM
BOZEMAN - While the roads may be dry on Sunday, Monday is going to be a different story.
Tire service professionals say the biggest mistake people make is waiting too late to winterize their vehicles.
Winter tires really do make a huge difference when it comes to better traction in ice and snow.
This year, experts are recommending new technology-based studless tires, which freeze at zero degrees instead of 32 degrees.
An average set of winter tires cost about $800 and experts say it's important to have them, especially here in Montana.
Service Manager at Belgrade's Interwest Tire Factory, Will Anderson says, "Sometimes we get snows as early as November and then they last all the way through January, into February. In some places, that's solid ice throughout that whole time and all regular-season tires don't seem to hook up as good on that so we like to put on snow tires for that."
Anderson says if you can't afford winter tires, all-season tires are a good option.
Service professionals can also make cuts in the treads to provide better traction.
Anderson says it's also important for drivers to have anti-freeze, fresh oil and good brakes heading into the winter.