Do You Really Need Winter Tires?

Choosing the right tires for the upcoming winter is extremely important for safe driving. I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the reasons to invest in winter tires, as opposed to keeping your summer tires. Read on to find out more about making a crucial investment.

Tread and grip

The tread of winter tires is naturally designed for a better grip and is therefore much safer for use in the winter. This is especially the case if where you live experiences snow or frequently icy roads. The peace of mind and safety that they provide is well worth the money. Generally speaking these tires don’t last as long because they are softer, but this is well compensated by the fact that they can make driving that much easier in winter.

It make your summer tires last longer

Winter tires are a great way to give your summer tires a rest, whilst ensuring better grip and handling, especially on wet, icy or snowy roads. By using a winter tire your summer tires will last much longer and in the long run you will end up paying less money. Think of wearing a pair of shoes everyday, you compress the sole by wearing them and the outsole wears out. They also don’t have a chance to decompress and the same is somewhat true of tires. Therefore it is a great idea to have specific winter tires to get the
most out of your summer tires.

Better braking

As well as improved handling, braking also improves significantly with the use of winter tires and this relates directly to the grip. One of the worst things is trying to brake on an icy road with summer tires and they have the tendency to lock up. This can cause skidding and can be very dangerous, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry and get some good winter tires.

They make you rotate your tires

We already talked about how using winter tires makes your summer tires last longer, but this also forces you to change the tires. This means that when the tires are refitted they can be rotated depending on the existing wear on the tires and will mean they are more effective and last even longer!