The Argument For Buying Winter Tires
It’s never too late to think about buying winter tires. “We do encourage you to start thinking about purchasing winter tires in October,” said Curtis Szymanski, Quick Lane Manager at Columbine Ford. “But even if you delay making the purchase, being late is better than never.”
Many drivers assume that regular all-season tires are just fine to drive year-round, the truth is they are only great for year-round driving in a state where the climate is temperate. If you live where it snows having a set of winter tires drastically improves your safety during the winter months.
While brand new all-season tires can provide reasonable traction, their performance is equivalent to half-worn snow tires. Half worn all-season tires, on the other hand, are unsuitable for winter driving on snow and ice.
Winter tires have the advantage over all-season tires because they have superior tread patterns that are designed to keep traction on ice and snow. Not only do they have a superior tread pattern but they employ soft rubber compounds to enhance their grip on the roads. So whether you’re on dry pavement, snow or slush they will outperform all-season tires.
However, this is also why winter tires are not suitable for summer driving, as the soft rubber and more open tread pattern will wear down rapidly once the temperatures are consistently over 40 degrees. As soon as temperatures rise you should swap out your winter tires for summer or all-season tires.