3 Uncommon Reasons You Need Winter Tires

 According to Allstate, one of the leading insurance companies in the US, there is a huge advantage of winter tires over all weather tires when it comes to your and your family's safety. It is a common misconception that all-season tires are sufficient to deliver safety in the winter. Allstate sums up the difference best by saying, "A good analogy of the difference between all-season and winter tires is to compare athletic shoes to snow boots. While it's possible to walk down a slick, snow-covered sidewalk wearing athletic shoes, it's generally easier and safer to do so with snow boots."  

Winter Tires: Formulated For The Winter 

    The rubber in winter tires is formulated specifically for cold temperatures. In all-season tires, the rubber will become rigid in cold temperatures, making it harder to maintain control and stop in time to avoid a collision or going off the road. Many winter tires have up to 50% better traction in winter conditions than all-season tires. This is a large enough difference to make anyone think twice about the tires they are using in the winter. 

Go With Four, Not Two 

    The balance of your vehicle is incredibly important in maintaining control. In many winter driving situations, every little bit counts. In the case of having four matching tires, its more than just a little bit: it is vitally important. According to Allstate's research, "With front-wheel-drive, putting snow tires on the front only will result in the back wheels not having as much grip as the front wheels. This will make the car much more likely to spin out (oversteer) while braking or cornering. With snow tires on the just back wheels of a rear-wheel-drive car, the front wheels won't grip as well as those that provide the power, so the car may not respond when the steering wheel is turned -- it will simply plow straight ahead (understeer)."

 Pressure Matters 

    Especially in New England, where the temperature changes wildly day by day, monitoring your vehicles tire pressure is very important. Tire pressure affects handling, fuel economy, and the durability of your tires. According to Allstate, "For every 10 degrees (°F) change in outside temperature, tire inflation pressure will change by about one psi (up with higher and down with lower temperatures)." 

 

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$59.95 4 Tires Mount and Balance+ Free Rotations for Life with the purchase of 4 Winter Tires from Motor City in Rochester. 

 

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