Winter Tires: Seven Reasons Why They're Important
Winter is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to switch to new winter tires. Here’s why:
When temperatures drop to 7 degrees Celsius or lower summer tires begin to harden, which causes them to loose grip and traction even without snow or ice present. And the colder it gets the less effective they become.
2) Don’t Compromise!
All season tires, like a fall jacket, are good at covering you in average temperatures. However, when using all season tires in the freezing cold stopping distances can increase 30 to 40 percent when compared to winter tires. Simply put: winter tires reduce your chances of crashing.
3) Avoid the water works
Winter tires are primarily designed to move water. When your tires apply pressure to snow or ice they melt the top section and create a thin film of water (the exact same thing happens when you ice skate). And if the water is not moved out of the way the car will hydroplane! This is exactly why winter tires have such large grooves and treads- to quickly move water away to the sides and allow the vehicle to contact the surface.
4) Don’t trust AWD/4WD Drive
Believe it or not AWD/4WD vehicles help mostly with acceleration- not stopping! Vehicles with AWD/4WD can accelerate better than on ice or snow than a vehicle with two driven wheels. However, when it comes to turning the vehicle limits are determined by the amount of grip and traction, not the number of driven wheels.
5) Quality Counts
Just like summer tires, premium winter tires will perform better than most basic models. You are paying for the latest rubber technology and tread patterns available which can perform 15% better than an economically-priced winter tire.
6) It’s about compound, not tread!
Despite how it looks from the treads, the most important part of a winter tire is the composition of its rubber compound- which stays soft and pliable in freezing temperatures.
The soft rubber treads of a winter tire wrap around imperfections and create traction almost anywhere. Summer tires, on the other hand, harden as temperatures fall and cannot grip with the tenacity of a winter compound.
7) Winter Tire Specials
You can now get a rebate/discount on nearly every single brand of tire, with savings up to $100! Click here
to see if your brand is listed. Even if you don’t buy your tires from Wallace Chev the coupons are still applicable!