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Do I need a vehicle with winter tires in Tennessee?

The best types of tires for winter driving in Tennessee 

Do you need a vehicle with winter tires in Tennessee? The answer is maybe. It depends on where and how you drive. Keep reading below for our full answer. American Car Center has locations across the state of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, and Murfreesboro. 


a snowy winter road with pine trees around it

What types of tires are available in Tennessee? 

There are three main types of tires that you can choose from: summer tires, all-season tires, and winter tires. As their names suggest, each type of tire is the best fit for a certain type of weather. Summer tires hold up well against heat and rain. Winter tires get the most traction on snow and ice. All-season tires offer a happy medium.  

When you purchase a used car, what type of tires will it have? 

The tires on your pre-owned vehicle will depend on the make and model of the car, as well as the time of year that you buy, but in short, it can be any of the three types of tires. If you buy in summer, you are more likely to find a vehicle with summer tires, while in winter, you are more likely to find one with winter tires equipped. Most vehicles will probably have all-season tires. 

When should I use winter tires in Tennessee? 

Here are three situations where you might want to purchase winter tires. If you live in a mountainous area of Tennessee and drive on steep grades in the winter, then you’ll want the best type of tires for the job, which are winter tires. If you are a nervous driver, then winter tires can afford you more peace of mind. Thirdly, if your vehicle is equipped with summer tires or bald tires and it is going to snow, then getting winter tires isn’t a bad idea, and you can always swap them out once it is summer. 

Are all-season tires a good option in Tennessee? 

If you aren’t going to purchase winter tires, then we recommend all-season tires at the very least in winter. If you live in an area with very little snow or don’t drive much in the winter, all-season tires are your best option. More importantly, make sure that you check your tires for wear and tear before driving in snowy weather.