Winter is quickly approaching and you don’t want to be caught unprepared when the weather gets bad. Don’t get me wrong, all-season tires are great for offering long tread-life, great fuel economy, and quality traction during the 3 warmer seasons. The thing is when the weather turns slippery and cold, all season tires tend to harden up which negatively affects your vehicle’s traction to the road.
Here’s how winter tires work:
- They are made of a softer rubber which stays flexible during the colder temperatures. This allows the tires to adhere more to the road therefore increasing your car’s handling ability in the cold and slippery weather.
- Winter tires have a special and unique pattern with wider grooves that allow the snow, ice, and water to drain from the tire while it’s in motion. With less elements sticking to the tire it’ll be able to better stick to the surface of the road.
- They also have deep sipes which are the slits that cut through snow and water. This technology helps to prevent your car from hydroplaning by providing a narrow surface that will make contact with the road vs a wide surface that may skim overtop of the slippery elements.
- It has been found that winter tires can offer 25-50% higher traction than all-season tires in slippery conditions. This is absolutely crucial for your safety as well as other people on the road
You want your car to handle and respond the way you want it to when exactly you need it to. Winter tires can be the difference maker when it comes to your safety and the safety of others on the road this wintery season. Make sure to have your car serviced before the weather gets too bad. We recommend swapping all-season tires for winter tires in sets of 4 to ensure all of your tires has the same tractional abilities.
We’re the best auto repair shop in Bucks County. Call Bob’s Auto Repair to schedule an appointment to have your winter tires installed!