- I don't need to change to Winter Tires if I drive on
all-season tires. Depending on
winter weather conditions in your area, Winter Tires can improve the driving
experience. Winter Tires are
recommended for areas where the temperature is 45 degrees and below the
majority of the time. The difference
between a winter tire and an all-season tire is the tread design and the rubber
compound. When the air gets
colder, the rubber on an all-season tire loses its flexibility and decreases
tire traction. A Winter Tire
provides the added peace of mind that comes from better grip and vehicle
- It is okay to put on only two Winter Tires instead of four,
if they are installed on the drive wheels. Winter Tires
should be mounted at all four corners. A good analogy is
shoes: if you wear a hiking boot on one foot and a summer sandal on the other,
equal traction in snow or slush is not possible. So, be safe and put four
Winter Tires on the vehicle.
Tires are a lot more expensive than all-season tires. Winter Tires are
about the same price as all-season tires but in effect they will save you money in
the long run since you are not using your all-season tires all year round.
- Doesn't ABS and traction control eliminate the need for Winter
Tires? ABS and traction
control help control the vehicle, but ABS will help you
keep from locking up the brakes, but you will decrease the braking distance if
you have Winter Tires. It also will not optimize lateral traction to help you
turn. Traction control
is like AWD, it gets you going, but does not help with stopping or turning.
- Why do I need to think about purchasing Winter Tires so early? Tire manufacturers produce a limited amount of Winter Tires per year. Selection and availability is better earlier in the season.