When most new vehicles leave the assembly line, they have been outfitted with all-season tires. For many drivers, these tires are more than enough to get vehicles through all four seasons just fine. However, if you live in a particularly snowy part of the country, you might be considering winter tires. How do you know if they’re right for you?
“Do I Need Winter Tires?” Here’s What They Offer…
All-season tires are designed to make sure you can drive well in the summer and in the winter. To do so, however, they must sacrifice some of the more extreme benefits of tires that do well specifically in hotter or colder climates. Here are some of the benefits of winter tires that all-season tires must give up:
- Tread rubber on winter tires is designed to remain flexible, which allows the tires to grip the road, even when there is little traction.
- Traction is also improved through more “biting edges,” which are small slits in the tread that allow the tires to grip better.
- Deeper tread depths, as well as customized tread patterns, also work to give drivers better traction in snow and on the ice.
If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow in the winter, such as here in St. Cloud where we see nearly 50 inches of average snowfall, then you’ll want to consider winter tires for the snow.
In the market for new tires? Check out the Don Robinson Mitsubishi tire store, with big name brands such as Firestone and Goodyear available for your Mitsubishi SUV or car.
Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Watch the Weather
Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.
Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.
Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance
In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.