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    Taking a trip, switch out the winter tires?

    We are taking a trip to NYC this weekend, where the temps will be around 60, minimal precipitation. Should I take off the winter tires? From what I gather, it could be dangerous driving in above 45 degree temp.

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    depends on how long you will be gone and what the conditions for the next month or two will be like in your home location. In my area I see guys driving with snows on all year round.
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    Leave the winter tires on, unless you are gonna pile on thousands of miles. I don't know where you heard that winter tires are dangerous to drive in warm temperatures, but rest assured it is a total myth. Have a happy trip.

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    ^^^^ what Sube says. You'll be fine. Besides, the way things are going you could wind up in a patch of winter driving still.

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    Yes you should change them out if you are going on a long trip. Winter tires are designed for cold temperatures, if you drive them when it's warm out, the rubber is "softer" and will wear considerably faster won't handle like a normal tire.

    If you don't believe me, read more about it here:

    Can You Drive Snow and Winter Tires Year Round? | Bridgestone Tires


    WHY YOU SHOULDN'T USE WINTER TIRES YEAR-ROUND
    Winter tires are specially designed for cold temperatures and winter precipitation. Once it gets warm, you won't need deep tread depths to handle snow or biting edges for traction on ice. Here are some specific reasons why using winter tires year round is not recommended.

    Faster wear on warm, dry pavement - the tread rubber of winter tires is considerably more flexible than that of all season and summer tires. That same pliable tread rubber that adds traction in winter will wear down quickly in warm temperatures. Summer and all-season tires are built to withstand warm temperatures, providing long wear life.

    Decreased performance - In warm weather, winter tires won't provide the same handling capabilities as summer or all-season tires. Imagine if you needed to make a quick maneuver and your tires were soft and squishy. You won't get the crisp response from a winter tire in warm weather. Winter tires need that flexibilitity to handle ice and snow, but it's not as useful in warm weather.

    The specialized compounds and tread designs of winter tires are not designed for optimal warm climate performance and wear. Generally speaking, the softer tread of a winter tire will wear out faster in warmer temperatures. If you keep winter tires on your vehicle after winter has come and gone, you will have to replace them sooner than had you removed them for springtime.

    That’s why using snow tires year round is more expensive than mounting them seasonally. The sooner they wear out, the sooner you have to replace them.

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    probably going to put 400-500 miles the next few days, most highway and traffic. don't care about wear since i'm going to replace front tires next season, mostly is safety concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    probably going to put 400-500 miles the next few days, most highway and traffic. don't care about wear since i'm going to replace front tires next season, mostly is safety concern.
    Make sure the PSI is right and Enjoy Your Trip... Your thinking is right on...<:-))
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    A short holiday with a minimal amount of travel, leave the snow tires on. If you are going to put on a thousand miles and stay out for 4 to 6 months, then I would swap out. Out here on the west coast we have been getting heavy rainfall at times. No hail but lots of rain. Can you name a tire that will not hydroplane when water pools on the road surface better than a snow tire? When wet, your traction is superior with snow tires, and so are the emergency stops. I think it is better to wear your snow tires a little bit more and feel more secure on the road. The official version??? When the temperature stays over 50F changer your tires to summer. When the temperature stays below 50F, mount your snow tires. If you are rich, go buy a set of ALL WEATHER tires and never do a tire change again.

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