Should You Switch to Winter Tires?
While newer vehicles have anti-lock brakes, traction control, and other factors for control, all these are for nothing if you don’t have proper tires. Tire grip is based on how much tread your tires have and how the tires are made.
For the cold season, winter tires are great. Let’s look at some information about these special tires.
What Makes Winter Tires Different
All-season tires are great—when you don’t have significant temperature changes. But if temperatures drop to below freezing point, winter tires are recommended.
They are different from all-season or summer tires. They have tire treads designed for better traction on snowy roads. They have deeper treads that can push more snow and slush for better contact with the road.
Winter tires also contain compounds that keep the tires pliable in cold temperatures. This is a welcome feature, as typical rubber (including rubber in tires) tends to harden during the cold.
Why Change to Winter Tires
All-season tires are designed to offer a combination of benefits present in both summer and winter tires. They can perform all year round in moderate conditions.
However, they still can’t withstand very cold conscious, as the rubber hardens and lose necessary traction. And on slippery roads in winter, that is not a good scenario.
With winter tires, you get the following benefits when driving on snow-covered, slippery roads:
- Safer handling
- Better maneuverability
- Increased traction
- More stopping power
When You Should Change to Winter Tires
The best time to change to winter tires is before the first snowfall in the fall. However, no one can stop you from doing this in late fall.
This time is also an excellent time to check for other aspects of your tires, for example, tire pressure which usually drops during the cold. If it’s incorrect, the tire tread will wear unevenly. Moreover, too little or too much pressure could cause you to lose control of your car.
On the other hand, when spring comes, you should also consider switching out your winter tires at the first sign of spring. You can consider all-season tires. You can also go with summer tires which perform best in warmer conditions.
Need Winter Tires? Contact Little Wolf Automotive in Plover, WI
You don’t need an appointment for us to get new tires. But you can still call ahead to ensure we have the correct tire size in stock. We also offer a wide range of various tire services.