In the coming winter months, the U.S. will be grappling with a variety of winter tires.
Here’s what to consider.
Winter tires will be less popular in some areas and available for purchase in others.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says snow tires are most commonly used in winter because of the high temperatures, low humidity, and cold wind blowing from the Arctic Circle.
But they are also being used by some commuters who are trying to keep their vehicles warm.
For many drivers, winter tires can be expensive.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, winter tire prices have increased nearly 15 percent in the past decade.
However, some drivers are taking advantage of the lower prices to purchase winter tires to help them survive the winter.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying winter tires: If you’re buying winter, make sure the tire is compatible with your vehicle.
NHTSA recommends that all winter tires be compatible with a vehicle’s brake systems.
For example, winter rubber is compatible if it is equipped with the same brake system.
Also, winter tarmac tires have a higher density, making them easier to grip.
“We do not recommend buying winter tire if you are not familiar with winter tire design,” said NHTAS spokesperson Scott Bausch.
You may also need a brake replacement kit.
Bausck explained that the NHTSS does not recommend that all brake replacement kits be purchased with winter tires because of higher costs.
He also pointed out that brake replacement parts and other accessories can be purchased for $20 to $60.
Check your local tire shop for the latest information.
Winter tire patches can be bought at most car dealerships.
You’ll need to go through the dealership to get the patch installed.
If you have a vehicle with a winter tire, go through a separate repair appointment with your dealer.
Bussch added that some manufacturers make winter tire patches available for free at a discounted price.
Some companies also offer winter tire repair kits, but the NTSA does not have a recommendation on the number of kits you should purchase.
“If you’re not sure what the best winter tire for your vehicle is, make an appointment and get a test drive to make sure it works for you,” he said.
Buses and trains, too, will be affected by the winter weather.
Bumper tires are the most popular tires for trains and buses because they have the least amount of tread to work with.
Bumpers have less tread than winter tires and have a softer, less slippery surface, Bussck said.
But Busschen said that snow tires may be more expensive.
Snow tires are available at most retailers for around $20.
Buhlman said that the prices of winter and bumpers are similar.
Bumps are often more expensive, because they typically have more tread.
Buns, which are also available at car dealers, are also usually cheaper.
Buford, a snow tire repair and replacement specialist, said that it is also a good idea to buy winter tires if you have an older vehicle, as winter tires are more durable.
If your car has a winter or winter tire on your vehicle, you’ll need the same tire patch on that vehicle.
Bugs and snow tires can also be purchased from various auto repair and tire repair centers.
Check for the newest models on your local dealership and ask for the cheapest winter tires you can find.
Bountiful Tire Repair and Outlet located in San Francisco sells winter tires for $5.49 to $20 each.
They can also help with repairs on older vehicles and parts.
For a list of all winter tire manufacturers and the latest winter tire options, go to the Bountifully Tire website.