Snow Tire Technology: Are Winter Tires Right for You?

Buick Lineup in the Snow

Buick Lineup in the Snow

With winter on the way, it may be time to consider the snow tire technology that’s available to drivers in the Midwest. If you hate getting stuck in the wintertime or simply want to increase your vehicle’s safety, then it might be time to buy winter tires.

According to Tirerack, most people like to stick with all-season tires because they tend to work fine when it’s snowing. While this is true, it’s important that customers understand the advantages to buying snow-specific tires. Winter tires are made with special compounds to stay flexible in cold temperatures, have deep treads, and feature channels to divert water.

If you do decide to get winter tires, you should always get a set of four, and ask the store or dealer to install them for you (sometimes they’ll do it for free). You should never just get two tires because this leads to dissimilar conditions between the front and back wheels, limiting control.

Finally, one concern for many people is that they’re spending more on winter tires. However, the reality is that your summer tires won’t deteriorate if they’re not on your car, so getting winter tires actually tends to extend the overall tire life. If your tires are made for the road conditions you’re driving in, they last longer. In the long run, you could just save some money.

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