The summer driving season is calling - the wind in your hair, and the mileposts flying by. Hopefully the worst of the winter weather is behind us. But should you take off those snow tires yet?


Studded Tire
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If you have studded snow tires, you know according to New York State law you have to remove them by April 30. The metal studs can really do some damage to the roads, but the newer studded tires aren't nearly as bad as they used to be. Hopefully after April there won't be a need for those anyway.

If you have non-studded snow tires and plan to switch back to all-season or summer tires, here's what you have to consider: gas mileage, tread wear and safety. It is true that snow tires are less fuel efficient since they provide more friction with road surfaces. And you will be wearing the tread down on those tires much more quickly on hot asphalt. How hot? Les Schwab says anything over 45 degrees.

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But with Central New York's unpredictable weather, you have to weigh your decision with what still may come. You bought those snow tires for safety in the first place, right? Waiting a couple more weeks is probably your best bet.

Carbone Nissan
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When you need new tires for your Nissan, Carbone Nissan has you covered. It's easy to check on their website for current offers and schedule your service appointment. And right now they are offering the Nissan Tire Advantage special - buy 3 eligible tires from Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho or Yokohama by April 30, 2017, and you'll get the 4th tire for just $1. Still not sure about buying your tires from the dealer? If you bought your car from the Carbone Auto Group, you know you'll be earning points toward your next car purchase with Carbone Rewards. And of course, ask the pros exactly when is the best time to take off those snow tires!


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