Do I Really Need Winter Tires?
Winter up here in Pennsylvania comes down on us pretty hard; the biting cold, snowdrifts and cutting wind. When it all comes together, it makes for some pretty hazardous driving conditions. You might be thinking to yourself, “I have nothing to fear, because me and my all-season tires are ready for anything!” Are you, though? When harsh northeastern winter sets in, you’re going to wish you traded in all-season tires for winter tires, and in this article, we’ll tell you why.
- Some drivers really don’t need winter tires
For many in America, winter tires are indeed unnecessary. Residents in the northeast and Midwest, where winter temperatures frequently drop below 40 degrees, accompanied by deep snow and icy conditions need them, but others in more temperate zones, where it’s chilly but nothing too extreme, have no need.
- Unbeatable tread
Unlike the simple tread and straight lines of an all-season tire, the winter tire comes with rugged jagged patterns designed to maximize traction in even the worst winter driving conditions. Some even come with metal studs built in for extra grip. These tires are designed specifically for our winter. If they’re good enough for Canadians, then they’re good enough for us, right?
- Softer material for better contact
When fully inflated, you may notice that winter tire’s material is somewhat softer than that of the all-season tire. The softer materials are designed to maintain better contact with the road surface. The harder all-season tire is more prone to slipping on icy surfaces when properly inflated, and if left underinflated will just be weakened and dangerous.
- An investment
You do spend a bit more money buying a set of winter tires, but with a good rotation and proper use, you’ll get a good period of use out them and the dividends in safety alone make them more than worthwhile. You can’t put a price on the safety of you and your passengers, and you also can’t underestimate just how impaired your driving can be on winter roads.
We understand that winter tires might seem not only an extravagance, but inconvenient since you have to switch the tires over and find somewhere to store your regular tires. You’ll have to store them yourself, but your local dealership can probably help you with the switching over business. Why not pay us a visit? We’re always happy to help!