Using the right tires on your car will let you drive more efficiently and safely. If you live in a region that experiences snow, you probably have two sets of tires: All season or summer tires and winter tires. Having both sets will help ensure the safety of your passengers no matter the season.
If you own winter (or snow) tires or plan to buy a set, the following will discuss the right way to switch to snow tires for your vehicle. Also get the recommendation of a certified technician at an independent auto service facility, where you can get greater value and more personalized service.
When to Switch
An easy rule to remember is to make the switch to snow tires when temperatures are below 45 °F consistently. Keep in mind that all-season tires are designed for driving on paved surfaces in dry or rainy conditions, not wintry weather. Snow tires are quite different from all-seasons in both tread design and the materials used to manufacture them, resulting in different performance capabilities.
Vehicles that Need Snow Tires
Front wheel drive vehicles will perform better than rear wheel drive vehicles on icy or snowy roads. However, their traction won’t be adequate unless equipped with winter tires. Cars with rear-wheel drive definitely need snow tires in wintry conditions because they have the tendency to lose traction when road surfaces are slippery. The winter performance and handling of even all-wheel drive or 4×4 vehicles can be improved when they are fitted with snow tires.
Snow Tire Advantages
Snow tires provide a number of technological advantages for winter driving. They are manufactured with compounds that give them greater flexibility in cold temperatures. Their tread have sipes (tiny cuts) that provide superior traction on snow than all season tires. Some winter tires are equipped with metal studs built into the tread pattern to improve traction, acceleration, handling, and braking capability on snow or ice.
In terms of safety, winter tires reduce the probability of accidents and being stuck in deep snow. This will help you stay on the road, warm and safe in your car.
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