FAQs—Dodge Ram 4500
What's the difference between winter tires and the regular ones? And why can't my Dodge Ram 4500 just use the all-weather tires instead?
Winter tires, just as the name suggests, are tires specifically designed for use during the winter season, when the road is slippery because of frost and snow. Compared to regular tires, they provide better grip of the road and are less likely to slip.
Some confuse themselves by thinking that all-season tires can provide the same road grip as the winter tires. All-season tires are really good for use during the other types of weather but not when you have to deal with tough ice. The tread patterns of the winter tires, for instance, are uniquely configured in such a way that will allow good traction when you're accelerating and stopping. They also prevent snow from packing. You may visually inspect the all-weather and winter tires to see their difference when it comes to tread patterns and rubber compounds.
I have plans of going off-road this winter, but I know the ice and snow will make the travel more difficult and risky. What do I need in order to ensure safer off-roading?
Winter off-roading is not for everyone. Even experienced drivers, who may have already developed driving techniques for the icy and snowy tracks, could still find it difficult to traverse safely. Winter off-road travels can get more difficult and dangerous if you don't winterize your Dodge Ram 4500.
Winterizing your truck means preparing the vehicle for all sorts of challenges that ice and snow add to the rugged terrain. You have to make sure that the cooling system has enough level of antifreeze mixed with coolant. As for snow that would block your visual, get the wiper blades ready for the job. Also make sure the lights, their connections, and the battery are all good. It's also best if oil is already changed before you hit the off-road. All the other parts of the support and control systems need to be up for the challenge as well. Don't forget to replace your tires with more reliable winter tires.
What type of winter tires would do best with off-roads? Can I also use them on paved roads just like the ordinary tires?
The market is flooded with a wide array of winter tires whenever the season arrives. Every manufacturer seems to have developed their own unique designs to show customers that they could give more than what is actually required by their vehicles. Before installing, or even buying a new set of winter tires, check first the regulations in your area regarding the matter. As you see, there are states banning the use of winter tires having metal studs on paved roads.
Studded winter tire is a type of snow tire that grips the icy road better due to the metal studs that work much like the soles of some metal studded winter shoes. This variation is especially ideal for use off-road but could damage the paved roads. That's the reason why some states have banned it, and some limit its use for several months only. Another variation is the chained winter tires. The chains are removable, so the tires are usable both on and off-roads.