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The type of tires you need for your car and truck changes when seasons change

With cold and icy conditions arriving for fall, TireRack.com, America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories, reminds drivers to pay attention to their car's tires.

Tests conducted by Tire Rack show front-wheel drive and all-season tires are insufficient for winter driving safety and switching from all-season to winter tires can save money, time, stress and prevent fatalities on the road, according to a news release issued today by the organization.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows crash rates spike from October to February, and in 2009, wintry weather accounted for nearly 805,000 crashes nationwide.

Tire Rack experts conducted real-world research for consumers by testing all-season and winter tires at an ice rink to uncover which tires perform best for front-wheel drive cars (the most popular on the road) on hard-packed snow and ice.

Bad things can happen if mixed winter and all-season tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle reach their limits on hard-packed snow and ice, a tire combination so unsafe Tire Rack won’t even sell it.

“Winter driving doesn’t have to be dangerous,” said Matt Edmonds, vice president, Tire Rack.

“We make it our priority to help keep drivers safe on the road by researching, testing and educating the motoring public about the tires we sell and the choices that are right for them in any driving condition.”

To stay safe behind the wheel this winter season, consumers should remember the following tips:

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