Benefits of Winter Tires
Winter will be striking Michigan in full force in just a few weeks and while the snow may not be out in full force, the cold temperatures and ice may very well be. Getting your vehicle ready to handle whatever the harsh season has to offer goes beyond keeping up with routine maintenance and service inspections. Here are a few benefits of winter tires and why they’re the best choice for your vehicle as the cold months roll in.
Many urban areas forbid chains since they have a tendency to tear up pavement and damage roadways. Fortunately, winter tires are a great alternative to maintaining maximum traction.
Since winter tires have more tread, they tend to maintain traction better than all-season and summer tires. This makes them the better choice for traversing ice and snow-covered roads. But keep in mind, in order to be suitable for winter, tires must have at least 3.5 mm of tread.
To have full control over the vehicle on snow-covered roads, drivers should install winter tires on all four wheels. Skimping and only installing two winter tires instead of four will make the car more likely to fishtail when cornering. The two wheels without winter tires will also be more likely to spin when receiving power.
While summer and all-season tires are designed to grip hot roads, they aren’t great once the temperature drops below freezing. Comparing running shoes to snow boots is a great analogy that explains the difference between winter tires and all-season tires.
Winter tires have unique tread patterns with wider grooves that help traverse snow and ice while draining water. Deep slits in the tread help avoid hydroplaning and improve overall grip as well.