In just about any kind of adverse weather, the difference between arriving safely at your destination or not depends on one important part of your vehicle: the tires. You already know that regular oil changes and maintenance are important to getting a long life from your vehicle, but new tires are how you make sure you get a long life, too. You may be confused, however, about whether all-season tires are sufficient for winter traveling or if your best bet for new tires is snow tires, also known as winter tires.
- All-Season Tires – These are an ideal solution if you don’t want to have to change the tires twice a year, don’t have a place to store the second set, or don’t want to deal with the extra cost and hassle of having a second set of tires. Most vehicles come standard with all-season tires because they are excellent for long wear and traction in a variety of conditions.
- Winter Snow Tires – Generally speaking, if you live in an area where it snows or if you plan on traveling to snowy places during the winter, you should consider snow tires. They are constructed from a softer rubber compound so they remain flexible during cold weather. In addition, they provide better traction than all-season tires for snow, ice, and that slushy snow so many areas are known for. It may seem like an unnecessary added expense, but since you’ll use them just from about Thanksgiving through Easter, each set will last twice as long overall. Just be sure to properly store them during the summer in a cool, dry place and wrapped in plastic.
If you need new tires and have more questions about whether to go with all-season or snow tires, give us a call at Highway Tire Auto & Lube in Terrell, North Carolina. We’ll be happy to advise you and give you pricing for the various options.