Tag: winter tires

Snow tires (also known as winter tires) are crucial for any Minnesotan during the winter. The Land of 10,000 Lakes quickly becomes the land of 10 inches of snow during the coldest months, meaning that roads are more dangerous. Since they are specially built to be at their best in frigid, icy conditions, you should use snow tires to make sure you have control of your vehicle through these rough months.

Modern-day snow tires are made from a rubber compound which maintains its flexibility when temperatures dip below 45 degrees, meaning they won’t freeze and stiffen up when the coldest days hit. The tread patterns are far more aggressive, making them optimal for gripping onto the snow and ice which will cover the roads throughout the winter months.

Wider grooves allow snow tires to hug snowy roads and to quickly lose the slush which can accumulate inside thinner channels. Siping patterns in snow tires provide extra biting edges for better traction on ice.

Life in Minnesota demands snow/winter tires. You need tires that can deal with the winter as well as you and your family. All-season tires and summer tires cannot match the performance of winter tires during the season for which they’re named.

Does your car need snow tires? Contact us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and we’ll be happy to help.

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.