If you routinely drive in snow, ice, and winter weather, you can benefit from having snow tires on your vehicle. Snow tires are different from summer or all-season tires. Snow tires are designed for the winter conditions. They are able to grip the snow and ice covered roads and have more traction. If you are unsure if snow tires are right for you, bring your vehicle in and we can help advise you on what type of tire will work the best for your vehicle.

 

How Snow Tires are different

 

Snow tires are designed with a softer rubber that can help them remain in good condition in the colder temperatures. This is because the rubber compound in a winter tire should be able to move and flex in order for the special tread design to effectively grip and have traction on the winter roads. The tread design of snow tires is also different. The tread pattern is designed to move as the tire rolls down the roadway. The special rubber compound allows for this flexing as they rotate.

 

Buying the right kind of tires for your vehicle

 

When placing on snow tires, make sure to replace all four. This is because the axle set that has the regular tires on it will not be able to maintain the same level of traction and can result in the wheels slipping and sliding. If snow tires are only on the front of the vehicle, it can cause the vehicle to spin out. If you place snow tires on your vehicle, make sure to remember to take them off in the spring. Snow tires are made of a softer rubber compound. This results in a softer and more flexible tread design. Driving snow tires on warm and dry roadways can wear them out prematurely. If you are unsure if snow tires are right for your vehicle, bring it in and we can advise you. We can also recommend which tire may be the best based on your vehicle and where you will be driving.

 

Make sure the tires are in good condition

 

When putting on any kind of tire for your vehicle, make sure the rubber has not dried out. Tires with dried out rubber can be unsafe as you drive. When tires sit for a long length of time in a dry and warm environment, the oils in the rubber can dry up. This causes a condition that is called dry rot. This leads to the rubber being cracked. Typically, this happens close to the rim bead area or in the sidewalls where there is more flexing of the tire. This condition compromises the structural integrity of the tires sidewall and may lead to a blowout over time. The tires are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. Good quality tires can help protect you, your passengers, and those around you. It is important to choose the best tires for the type of vehicle you have, the roads you drive on, and the climate conditions you might be driving in.