Do I Need Winter Tires?
We are asked this question a lot! The All-Season Tire was introduced into the marketplace, providing motorists with better Winter Driving Performance than a Summer Tire and the opportunity to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the biannual Winter Tire changeover. Even though All-Season Tires can provide safe All-Weather Performance, Winter Tires are more efficient once temperatures start to fall.
Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but especially with respect to Winter Tires. Modern Winter Tires offer up to 50% or more winter traction than All-Seasons. All Tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of Winter Tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -22⁰F and below, thus providing superior traction and grip. Today’s Winter Tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but also perform better on cold, dry pavement, too! Instead of thinking of Winter Tires only as “Snow Tires” you may want to start thinking of them as “Cold-Weather Tires".
Lou's explination on Snow Tires
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