Should You Switch to Snow Tires in the Winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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Benefits of using winter tires for your car in the snow 

Here in the Midwest, we’re no strangers to harsh winters. And one thing that’s proven true each year is that winter driving is the worst. Between poorly plowed streets, black ice patches, and frozen rain, some drivers opt to travel as little as possible until spring. For those of us who have to brave the winter weather, on of the best ways to prepare for travel is to switch your vehicle’s tires out for winter tires.  

There are many reasons you’ll want to switch out your regular, all-season tires for winter tires if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. For starters, winter tires were designed with a special rubber compound that allows them to stay flexible in cold weather, while regular tires will freeze and lose their ability to grip the road.  

Additionally, winter tires also have wider grooves in them. These grooves make it harder for snow, ice, and dirt to get stuck in them, while also making it easier for water to travel through and off your tires. 

Getting enough traction is essential to safe driving, especially during the winter when roads are slick and icy. With winter tires, drivers can expect their car’s traction to improve by as much as 50 percent, making it easier to stop and steer your vehicle, as well as prevent your vehicle from getting stuck easily.  

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Extra Winter Tire Tips 

Make sure you have the right air pressure. As the temperature drops, you lose pressure in your vehicle’s tires. Make a point to check your car’s tire pressure to ensure you don’t get a flat tire. 

Use four winter tires, not two. While it seems more practical to only change two of your vehicle’s tires to winter tires, it can actually cause mismatched traction in your vehicle, which can cause spinouts when you brake or turn, as well as sliding forward when you try to steer.  

Be careful. As always, be sure to be alert and focused behind the wheel. Even with winter tires equipped, winter driving can still be dangerous. Drive slowly and proceed with caution when driving in poor weather conditions.

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