‘Tis the Season for Snow Tires
Winter is nearly upon us and so comes the great debate – all-season tires? Snow tires? Do I need to buy four tires? Slushy, snowy and ice-covered roads can create dangerous driving conditions for all vehicles and we want you to be prepared for the worst winter throws at you.
We took your questions to our Parts and Service Department professionals so you don’t have to spend hours on the internet researching.
Question: Do I need four snow tires?
Answer: It’s highly recommended to have four matching tires on your vehicle. This recommendation remains the same whether you have a front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle. Having different types of tires, like only two rear snow tires, can create a “split” personality for your vehicle. One end will react and perform differently than the other end. The change in your vehicle’s handling can be so drastic that it can be unsafe. Having four of the same tire will help you maintain maximum control over your vehicle.
Question: Do I need all-season tires or snow tires?
Answer: The decision on whether to get all-season tires or snow tires depends on where you live in. All-season tires are suitable for areas with little snow and moderate winter temperatures as they tend to stiffen and lose grip when the temperature drops to below freezing.
For areas with cold winters and heavy snow, like Rochester, snow tires are your best bet. Winter treads on these tires improve traction by allowing the tire to rid itself of snow as it rolls, giving it a clear bite on the road. Snow tires today are made of new rubber compounds that make them quieter than years ago. The same rubber compound also allows them to safely handle in dry, wet and slushy conditions as well.
If you’re ready to purchase snow tires or would like to find out which tires would be best for your vehicle, please contact us. Our experienced and knowledgeable experts will be able to assist you in choosing the correct tires for your vehicle.