Many drivers believe that all-season tires are the optimal tire choice for any season. However, while the name suggests that this type of tire could be used from January to December, much depends on the area of the country you’re driving in. If you live in a state with heavy snowfall, you’ll want to mount winter tires or snow tires to help with driving on snowy or icy roads.
If you already have snow tires, it’s important to mount them on your car early in the season. Once fall begins, it’s only a matter of time before it snows. You don’t want to be caught off guard by the snow, so before temperatures drop, you should take your snow tires into your auto shop and have them switch them out.
Snow tires will significantly improve your safety and the safety of others on the road during winter. Snow tires have better tread patterns that are designed to create superior traction for driving in the snow. They are made of softer rubber that hugs the road, giving your tires better grip whether there is snow or ice on the road, or even if the road is dry but still cold. Snow tires should not be left on during hot summer months, or they could be ruined.
Other advantages of snow tires, especially for front-wheel drive cars, are improved braking and a decrease in stopping distance. Being able to brake easier on icy streets can be useful, especially if you drive on crowded roads where you may need to stop quickly to avoid a collision.
Many drivers are hesitant to buy snow tires because of the cost, as they are generally more expensive than all-season tires. However, having two sets of tires can extend the life of both sets since they aren’t being used year-round.
Having a good set of winter tires on your vehicle may be the difference between life and death for you, your family, and others on the road. While there are many reasons you may feel inclined to forego buying winter tires, it’s important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the life and safety of yourself or others.