Understanding Winter Tires

 

The weather is getting cold, and what does that mean? It is time to check your tire tread and see if it is time to get new tires on your vehicle. Or in many instances, consumers are starting to put winter tires on their vehicle. Below, we discuss how winter tires differ from your regular all-season tires.

Winter tires are made of specialized rubber compounds with particular tread patterns that provide better traction in more types of cold-weather conditions. Most tire manufacturers use silica in the rubber compound because it helps the rubber stay flexible (rather than hardening) when temperatures drop below freezing. The tread offers deep, small patterns with more grooves and edges allowing for better traction in the snow and ice. The channels in the winter tires are wider than your normal all-season tires, providing additional edges and better grip which keeps from packing the debris into the tires and pushing it out at q quicker rate.

So now you are asking yourself, do I need winter tires? If you live in an area that is cold in temperature and snow fall occurs regularly, then the winter tires will provide that extra traction. Tire manufactures recommend installing a set of four winter tires if your temps are constantly below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is recommended to not leave them on your vehicle because when used on warm or dry roads, the softer rubber will wear out the tires faster. So make sure you put them on before winter and store them after the winter.

If you have four-wheel drive, are winter tires important? Yes. Of course, sending power to all four wheels increases abilities to your vehicle when needed. However, having the additional traction in bad weather conditions will enhance your control in the snow and ice.

If you have questions about the right winter tires or tires in general, our service team can talk through the best options for your vehicle. 

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