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October 27, 2016

Winter Wheels

When it comes to winter driving, narrower tires have an easier time plowing through snow. Steel wheels are a popular option for drivers who experience harsh winter conditions. This is one of the reasons you should consider smaller steel wheels for winter on your Buick when shopping for snow tires. Another reason for smaller wheels is to protect your expensive alloy wheels from road hazards such as potholes and to provide a smoother ride overall.

When choosing to downsize with steel wheels, you will need compensate for that by adjusting the size of the tire so the overall diameter is close to or equal to the diameter of the wheels you are replacing. This will help keep your speedometer and odometer accurate. When you have the same diameter tire, but a smaller diameter wheel, this gives the tire's sidewall more height, which helps absorb the impacts from the road and will help lessen the chance of flat tires and bent wheels. Also, look out when purchasing steel wheels and make sure they clear your brake calipers so they rotate properly.

Lastly, another advantage in using a steel wheel compared to an alloy wheel is price. Because they cost less, they allow customers who wouldn't typically consider buying wheels with winter tires, the option to do so.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) California Tire Dealers Association Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)