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Why is it Important to Use Winter Tires?

Posted on February 6th, 2015

imagesG5OYU0CTAlthough you may think your all season tires work “just fine” during the cold weather, winter tires do serve an important purpose. The following are reasons why we suggest using winter tires during the cold and snowy months.

All season and summer tires get harder when the temperature drops below 7°C/45°F. Traction relies on tires being soft and malleable on the road and winter tires keep their elasticity in the colder temperatures. Hard tires can potentially be disastrous.

Winter tires provide shorter stopping distances. They can cut thirty feet or more off of your stopping distance on snow or ice, which could potentially help you avoid an accident.

Winter tires provide better control for all vehicles on snow and ice covered roads. Without winter tires you are more likely to fishtail on corners.

Lastly, by switching your tires seasonally you will extend the life of your all season tires.

As you can see, winter tires do serve an important purpose and we strongly recommend using them in the colder climates.