Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What tires should I use for winter driving?

asked by on

What tires should I use for winter driving?

A: If you live in an area where snow in the wi...

If you live in an area where snow in the wintertime is not just a possibility, but a certainty, then you need to make sure your car is prepared. Winter car prep is vital, but you also need to pay attention to your tires. At the very least, you should have tires rated for mud and snow (M&S on the sidewall).

However, if you live in an area where heavy snow accumulations are common, it might be best to have a set of winter tires (studded). If you don’t invest in winter tires, make sure you carry a set of tire chains in the trunk for emergency use.

  • Snow Tires: Only use radial snow tires, and only use a full set (never use only two at a time).

  • Tire Chains: Only install tire chains on the two front tires. Honda recommends using only specific types of tire chains – SCC Radial Chain SC1034 for SE, LX and LX-P, and SCC Radial Chain SC1036 for Ex, EX-L and V6 engines.

Tip

Always use caution when installing tire chains. Make sure they don’t touch the brake lines or any suspension components.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery Light

There is probably a fault in the charging circuit and or the connections. The charging system output should be tested and if you are noticing this problem (the warning light) intermittently but it is nevertheless quite repetitive, it's possible to...

Q: Tire Issue

If the bubble is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire, the tire could blow out without warning which is obviously risky. Bubbles are typically caused by manufacturing defects...

Q: How do I select an audiobook?

You can control your iPod with the sound system controls to help you play an audiobook. To choose an audiobook and a select chapter, follow these steps: Press the Menu button. Rotate the Tune-Scroll knob to Audiobooks, then press...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...