Its officially winter and with winter comes cold temperatures, ice ,snow and slush.. you know weather conditions that summer tires or performance oriented all season tires are not optimal for! A popular question we get here at Excelerate Performance is whether or not they should switch to or from an all season tire to a dedicated snow tire.
Is it worth the hassle?
We sure think so.
All season tires are labeled “all season” to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside by casting a snowflake into the sidewall. But what most don’t realize that these categorized tires are only suitable in light variable conditions. All season tires often use a tread compound that is similar to a summer tire which will quickly lose traction and often becomes hard when the temperature starts to drop. This results in losing their pliability limiting grip and ultimately losing their ability to perform and keep you safe.
When we think winter tires, we think safety. Can you get by with a decent set of all season tires? Sure, but how well can you stop and handle in an emergency situation? Safety precautions are something everyone should consider and take very seriously when driving their car in the winter.
So what’s the difference?
Winter tires are made with a special soft rubber compound that stays soft as the temperature drops. Winter tires also have a special tread and wider grooves that are meant to expel snow and drain water. They also have slits in them that cut through water and prevent hydroplaning. Changing to winter tires can improve the traction of your vehicle up to 50%. This increased traction will give you better handling and improve you ability to stop.
So when it comes to winter tires do you need all 4?
Yes, most definitely.
In order tot get the most out of your winter tires you need all 4. If you only put 2 tires on the front of your car you are likely to spin out and over steer when braking and cornering and if you only put 2 winter tires on your back wheels you are likely to under steer which will keep you from being able to turn and maneuver your car correctly. Still not convinced on winter tires? keep reading!
There are a lot of people that do not want the added expense of having to purchase two sets of tires. This is a valid point since you obviously have the up front costs of the tires. The way we look at it is, when you switch to the winter tires, you aren’t putting miles on your summer or all season tires. So in the long run you end up getting more use out of both sets of tires. Now you don’t have to buy tires as often.
Give us a call!
If you are unsure which winter tires suit you and your vehicle give one of our team of experts a call.. or send us an e-mail, we would love to hear from you.
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Not quite convinced on snow tires? Or simply cannot seem to fit it into this years budget? No problem, keep us in mind and call us with any questions. As a last ditch effort, make sure to check the pressure of your tires as the change in temperature can effect the pressure in the mean time. Most importantly, stay safe out there.