Choosing The Right Winter Tires

Weather and road conditions can affect your driving performance, especially when it comes to your car’s tires. Winter tires provide shorter stopping distance and better traction when the roads are hazardous, but they wear down faster during warmer days.

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All Season Tires

Also known as “3-season” tires, all-season tires perform well in summer and light winter conditions, but the rubber starts to lose elasticity and traction when the temperature drops below 7 degrees.

Winter Snow Tires

The added elasticity and special tread patterns give you better grip on snow-packed roads. These are usually a good choice for drivers in rural areas.

Winter Ice Tires

Winter ice tires provided added grip and handling on icy roads and highways. They’re made of similar compounds as winter snow tires, and feature tread patterns that provide more traction on ice.

All Weather Tires

All weather tires give you good grip on snow, slush, wet roads, side roads, and regular pavement. They can handle moderate temperature changes, and don’t necessarily need to be swapped out for winter tires when the weather changes.

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