Can tennis shoes be worn every day of the year? Yes, but they may not be the most appropriate footwear for visiting the beach or trudging through a snow drift, right? Depending on the situation, you may benefit better from a pair of sandals or winter boots where your tennis shoes may not necessarily protect you for all conditions. This same concept can be applied to your understanding of your vehicle’s need for all season tires versus winter tires.
Winter tires, or snow tires, can be unnecessary for some cases and essential for others. If you live in an area that experiences only a few snow flurries and rare incidences of ice, snow build-up, and snow impacted road conditions, you probably do not need to invest in winter tires for your vehicle. If you experience more than these winter conditions on average, winter tires are not an optional precaution. Having the correct tires for your vehicle, region, and weather conditions matters for your budget, your tire life, and your overall driving safety.
Specific Features of Winter Tires
- Tread Rubber- cold temperatures, especially extreme cold temperatures, can stiffen the rubber of your tire which can stop the effectiveness of your tire’s grip
- Tread Depth- deeper treads reduce snow buildup and snow packing that can interfere with your tire’s grip
- Tread Patterns- the treads on winter tires are specifically designed to channel slush, ice, and snow and minimize snow buildup
- Biting Edges- winter tires feature an increased amount of tiny slits and high spine densities in your tire’s tread that provides traction on ice and other slick surfaces
If you are unsure of your vehicle’s tire needs, contact our local tire experts at Wholesale Tire, Inc. We are always available and prepared to answer your questions, concerns, and offer helpful and reliable advice concerning your overall car safety.