Winter tires and winter driving in Colorado can be highly controversial for safe driving during the snowy and icy winter months unless you have lots of experience with winter driving. Colorado law mandates that all passenger vehicles should have adequate traction devices, such as winter tires or chains, from September 1 to May 31.
There are three types of winter tires commonly used in Colorado:
Studless Ice and Snow Tires: These are designed to provide better traction on ice and snow-covered roads without the use of metal studs. They have a softer rubber compound and deeper tread patterns with more biting edges that allow them to grip the snow and ice better.
Studded Tires: These tires have metal studs embedded in the tread pattern to provide better traction on icy roads. They are highly effective on ice, but they can be noisy and cause damage to the road surface.
Performance Winter Tires: These are designed for high-performance vehicles and provide good traction on both dry and wet surfaces, as well as in light snow. They have a more aggressive tread pattern than all-season tires and are made from a softer rubber compound.
When selecting winter tires, it is important to consider the type of driving conditions you will encounter and choose the tire type that best suits your needs. It is also important to check the tire pressure regularly and maintain the recommended pressure for optimal performance.
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