IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT WINTER TIRES
With winter right around the corner, we at parts&manuals compiled some not so well known facts about winter tires, why they are important and even with little to no snow you should use them.
1 – Winter tires can prove safer than all-season tires.
All-season tires should really be called all-mild-season tires. The rubber used in all-season tires works great until temperatures really start dropping.
When the thermometer gets into the 40’s, it’s time for a tire switch. This is when all-season tires become stiff and stiff ones have decreased traction, which is not something you want on winter roads! Winter tires are made with special rubber that actually works best in cold temperatures.
2 – No snow? You may still need winter tires.
While the tread on winter tires is great for snowy, icy, and slushy conditions, investing in winter tires is a good idea whether or not you’re going to be experiencing such conditions! Remember that the rubber in winter tires stays soft and pliable when the weather cools off, unlike the rubber in other tires. Without these tyres, your car’s performance will be compromised in the cold, even on dry roads.
3 – Their tread pattern curbs slipping and sliding.
Winter tires have a single directional tread pattern that helps them excel in wet conditions. These deep, one-way grooves help prevent hydroplaning by efficiently pumping the water through the tread. Moisture is essentially pushed out and away from the tire so your wheel can make solid contact with dry ground.
4 – Check your winter tire pressure regularly.
Your tire pressure can decrease drastically during the colder months of the year, with air pressure decreasing as temperatures fall. This decreased tire pressure can result in reduced traction, handling, and durability things you don’t want to compromise! Check your tire pressure regularly when it’s cold outside and make sure it meets the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.
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