How are Snow Tires Different Than Regular Tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in Seasonal, Tips & Tricks, Vehicle Care on Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 10:10 pm
winter tires driving on a snowy road

Benefits of Using Snow Tires in the Winter

Now that there’s snow on the ground, it’s time to start paying extra attention to our driving habits and make sure we’re primed and ready to take on the snowy and icy weather up here in Green Bay. Along with replacing windshield wipers and stocking up on de-icer, one of the most important to-do’s on your winter driving checklist is switching your tires to snow tires.

While normal all-season tires are perfectly fine to handle driving during the spring, summer and fall months, as soon as the snow starts falling, it’s a good idea to switch over to snow tires, which are specifically designed to offer better traction and security on the road during the winter.

Where normal tires will freeze up and lose elasticity, snow tires feature a soft rubber compound that allows them to remain flexible and conform to the road for superior grip, even when it’s freezing out. Snow tires also differ from traditional tires in their tread patterns. The treads on snow tires are wider to offer better grip around snow and ice as well as let water flow through them more easily.

Lower temperatures in the winter can also have a toll on your tire’s air pressure, so it’s important to pay more attention to your vehicle’s wheels and measure their air pressure to make sure you aren’t at risk for a blowout. Both under and overinflating your tires can negatively impact your tire’s durability.

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If you have any questions about snow tires or your car’s tire pressure, feel free to contact us here at Broadway Auto Sales.

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