Are four winter tires necessary for front-wheel drive cars?

Published: January 21, 2014 09:00 AM

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Q. Some tire manufacturers recommend four winter tires on a front-wheel-drive car. My local dealer says it is not necessary. What do you recommend?—Bill Katsafanas, Salt Lake City

A. Use four winter tires for secure handling and sure grip for stopping and cornering, which are as or more important than the grip to move through the snow and ice. (For more information, read: "10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving.") Four winter tires are useful on front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive vehicles.

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