You probably don’t need snow tires if you’re in a warmer climate. It’s generally recommended to switch to snow tires when the average daily temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you happen to be in a colder climate that drops below 45 Fahrenheit we have a few tips to keep you safe on the roads.
Watch Out for Unexpected Cold Snaps
During wintry weather, the roads can become more dangerous for summer or all-season tires. So, during November, December, January, and February, keep an eye on the temperature and if it dips below 45 degrees, consider changing to snow tires or postponing your drives until the sunshine and temperatures increase.
Why Snow Tires Handle Cold Roads Better
More Pliable, Supple Rubber
The rubber of snow tires is more supple and pliable than that used in summer or all-season tires. This allows the tire to flex a little more and grip cold roads with a greater surface area.
Larger Voids and Sharper Treads
The wider voids between the treads of snow tires allow snow, slush, and ice to pack into the voids before being thrown out behind the car. The treads of snow tires are also designed to be sharper at the corners in order to dig into packed snow and ice better.
If you’re located in a cold weather state you can always schedule an appointment with a qualified technician to get your vehicle winterized.
Be sure to consult with your dealership’s service department before starting any service work in case of warranty, buying proper parts, etc.
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