Why Consider Winter Tires?
So-called “all-season” tires have been on the market for decades. Coupled with front-wheel-drive and anti-skid systems, they have allowed many folks to avoid mounting a true WINTER tire for the winter months. But there are two trends in tires you should be aware of:
1) Styling priorities have led to manufacturers fitting wider, low-profile tires on a variety of cars. Wide and low profile, on balance, makes a tire worse in the snow. Pressures to improve tire fuel economy have also worked against the snow utility of all-seasons. FUEL EFFICIENT RUBBER COMPOUNDS GO STIFF AT 7 DEGREES C – CAUSING YOU TO LOOSE GRIP.
2) Winter tires have improved their behavior from the era of knobby, loud “snows” that looked like they belonged on an army truck. New tread patterns and rubber compounds make them quieter on dry roads, yet even more effective on frozen stuff. WINTER TIRES STAY AS FLEXIBLE UNDER FREEZING TEMPERATURES COMPARED TO THERE ALL SEASON COUNTER-PARTS