Having the right tires when driving in winter will not only improve the vehicle’s overall safety but its performance as well. If you’re unsure able the differences and importance of snow tires compared to regular tires, then you’re in the right place.

Regular Tires Won’t Suffice in Winter

Why are regular tires frowned upon during the colder months? Because the rubber tread on them gets stiffer and is unable to conform to the imperfections of the road in colder temperatures, even if the road is dry. Adding snow and ice into the mix and you’ll have an extremely hard time gaining traction on the road. This is because the irregularities have now been filled with liquid and froze over to create a smooth surface.

It also doesn’t help that surfaces that have been frozen over and are covered with snow will melt under the heated pressure of the tires. This will create a thin layer of water over the road, making it even more slippery. Slush is another factor that can make roads slippery. When temperatures reach or exceed 0 degrees Celsius, the icy surface turns to slush, reducing the effectiveness of your tire’s grip. Overall, for your safety and for others on the road, it’s best that you get snow tires if you live in a snowy or cold climate.

Snow Tires are for Winter

The reason snow tires are heavily advertised to drivers who live in snowy or icy conditions is because they’re designed specifically to improve traction on slippery, unstable roads. They contain three key components that set them apart from regular tires: tread depth and pattern, rubber composition and biting edges. Winter tires are made with a specialized rubber that’s made for cold temperatures, as it’s softer and more pliable, allowing it to maintain a good grip on the road. They also have zig-zag grooves that cover the tread, letting the tire grip the road in ice or snow. Lastly, the tread designs are cut deeper into the tire to improve traction in harsh weather. They also contain an intricate pattern that allows water to pump through the treads, pushing it out so the wheels can make contact with dry surfaces.

Snow Tires aren’t for Everyone

Do you live in a climate that reaches below 4 degrees? Then you’ll need to talk to an expert about installing winter tires on your vehicle. However, if temperatures aren’t in that range and you don’t experience snow or icy weather, then you might not need them. But again, talk to your tire technician to find the best option for you. During the summer months, remove and store your winter tires away, as year-round usage will cause rapid treadwear. If you choose to have winter tires installed on your vehicle, make sure it’s installed on all four axles.

Operational since 2015, 416 Wheels and Tires has provided customers with several tire brands and styles for every season. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, our services include tire repair and sale, rim sales, seasonal tire changeovers and storage, installation and balancing. Our staff is hard working and dedicated to providing customers with superior service. With the best prices on tires and rims, call us or visit our website for more information.

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