Winter Tires Hazardous Driving
Winter Tires: Do I Need Them?
Before getting into why winter tires are a good investment, let’s get one thing straight. Winter tires and “snow tires” are definitely not created equal. Years ago snow tires were the only option available if you wanted better control in the snow. The problem with them, though, was they offered horrible traction and handling if the road wasn’t actually covered with snow, meaning they were only helpful maybe a handful of days out of the year. It was also basically impossible to stop quickly with snow tires if there was no snow on the road. These days, you have much better options. Winter tires improve traction during many different winter weather conditions, so you’ll have more confidence behind the wheel even on cold days when the ground is dry.
The reason modern winter tires are so much better than what snow tires used to be lies in the engineering behind them. While ordinary rubber used in standard all-weather tires becomes less pliable as temperatures drop, the rubber used when making winter tires is designed to remain softer, even during the cold winter months. The result of this is that the winter tires grip the road better during winter conditions, but the downside is that they lose tread much quicker as the temperatures begin to rise again.
Improvements to winter tires over the years have created what can only be described as a feat of engineering. Snow tires would often create an almost dangerous drive if it was just cold or wet but there was no snow on the roads, making it nearly impossible to stop quickly when necessary and offering poor handling. Today’s winter tires provide almost the same performance on dry roads as all-season ones do, they just also keep you safer on wet or snowy roads. Thanks to winter tires being engineered to remain soft in cold weather, they provide nearly the same traction during colder months as standard issue tires, so it is much easier to stop quickly and enjoy great traction even if roads are dry or somewhat wet. The tread onwinter tires also lasts much longer now than in previous years.
So, if you’ve been wondering if winter tires are right for you, consider all the weather during the winter months, because winter tires aren’t just useful when it snows. Even if it’s not snowing frequently, wet roads can still be hazardous when the temperature drops, and colder temperatures can take a toll on the rubber your regular tires are made of. For better traction and a safer drive on wet roads and during the colder months, winter tires are a great choice. When it comes to the well being of you and your passengers, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The confidence offered by winter tires during any type of colder weather is something you just don’t get with standard all-season tires. If you’re wondering what type of tires would be good for your Honda or other vehicle, Bob Boyte Honda has experts standing by and we are happy to help you drive safer this winter.