In the winter months’ preparations for frigid
weather and snow storms begins. However, you also need to prepare your vehicle for the
snowy season so you can maneuver it safely on the icy roads.
These preparations include getting the right tires for your vehicle. There are different
preferences. Winter tires and all-season tires both have their pros and cons, but which of
these tire styles is right for your vehicle? Let’s go over some of the differences between
these two tire styles so you can figure out which one would be best for you.
Winter tires, or snow tires, are designed specifically for winter conditions. Cold temperatures,
can have a dramatic effect on your tires. The cold can stiffen the rubber on your tires,
resulting in the tire having a difficult time providing traction. Winter tires are designed
to combat the cold while still remaining flexible enough to allow your vehicle to regain traction.
These tires feature deeper tread to help reduce snow buildup. When snow clogs your tread,
it can result in wheel slip and sliding. Snow tires also feature more slits in their tread
to help remain stable on icy roads. All-season tires are designed to withstand
the extremes of both winter and summer. They offer versatile performance and good tread
life. They can easily grip wet roads and light snowy conditions. These tires not only offer
refined handling, but they can result in a quieter ride. However All-season tires perform
much better in the summer than they do in the winter. These tires help with performance
and traction, but during harsh winter conditions, they don’t offer the performance or security
of winter tires. The rubber in all-season tires is more sensitive to temperature, so
frigid weather can have a drastic effect on them.
Choosing between these two types of tires is entirely your preference but it also depends
on the weather where you live. If you live in an area that gets very cold during the
winter months, you may want to opt for winter tires. Not only will they provide the necessary
traction and performance, but you won’t have to worry about them wearing under the pressure.
All-season tires can be effective during the winter but only in light snow conditions.
If you have any more questions about which tires are better for your vehicle during the
winter, feel free to contact us at Richmond Ford Lincoln. We’re always happy to help you
prepare your vehicles for the changing seasons and remember we are Driven by You!