The Case For Winter Tires
Winter is right around the corner. Are you and your vehicle ready for the change in driving conditions? It is never too early (or too late) in the season to start thinking about winter tires. Curtis Szymanski, Quick Lane Manager at Columbine Ford, says that he “starts encouraging drivers to think about snow tires in September.” He believes one of the most important things you can do is put the right tires on your truck or car for the season.
While many drivers assume that regular all-season tires are fine for year-round driving, the truth is, it is only valid if you live in a temperate climate. If you live in Colorado, a set of dedicated winter tires will dramatically improve your safety when driving on the interstate or over the passes. While brand new all-season tires can provide good traction during the winter, their performance is roughly equivalent to half-worn snow tires.
Winter tires gain their advantage not only because they have superior tread patterns designed for traction on ice and snow but because they employ softer rubber compounds to enhance grip. That means when it’s cold, whether it’s on dry pavement, snow, or slush, it’ll outperform an all-season; this is also why winter tires are not suitable for summer or warm-weather driving. Their softer rubber and more open tread pattern will wear rapidly – when temperatures climb above 40 degrees regularly, swap them out for summer or all-season tires.
Consumers often do not invest in snow tires; they feel comfortable driving with all-season tires with their AWD or 4WD vehicles. 4WD and AWD do nothing to help you stop on icy or snowy roads. It’s actually the traction on your tires that controls your stopping power during inclement driving conditions.
Winter tires can be expensive and are one of the reasons many people choose not to purchase them. Yet when we compare the cost of an insurance deductible or the difference between life and death in an accident, new winter tires make sense.
Over time you are spending the money to get a second set of tires, and having them changed out when the season change actually prolongs the life of your tires. Rather than buying tires every two to three years, you can extend the life of your tires up to five or six years.
Don’t wait till the next snowstorm and call Columbine Ford’s Quick Lane and schedule an appointment to have your winter tires installed.