Buy Snow Tires – It May Save You from Getting Pulled Out

December 14th, 2015

With the mild weather we have had this November and December, buying snow tires might not be at the top of your to-do list. With Iowa winters being unpredictable, it’s important to purchase winter tires before the ice and snow hit. Winter tires may be the cheap alternative to calling a tow company to pull you out of the ditch – or worse, damaging your car on a slick day.

Snow tires Work Better in Cold Weather

What’s the difference between snow tires (or winter tires) and the tires you use year-round? Snow tires are made with softer rubber compounds and they have thicker treads. This allows them to grip the road better, even in cold wet, icy, snowy or slushy conditions.

While we do not recommend driving in treacherous conditions just because you put on a set of snow tires, there are some places you have to go, even when it snows. With the right snow tires on your car, you will notice a huge difference in the way your car handles in the snow.

Can You Use Snow Tires Year Round?

You can, but you shouldn’t! Because snow tires are made of softer rubber, emergency stops on warm dry pavement will cause faster wear and tear on a more expensive tire. It will cost you more in the long-run to keep snow tires on all year.

Another reason to switch your tires in the spring is because your car’s overall performance and fuel efficiency will increase with regular treads in the summer. You don’t wear snow boots in the summer, or flip-flops in the winter. That would not make sense, and it doesn’t make sense to have snow tires on your car in the summer.

Lessen the Hassle

If you purchase an extra set of wheels with the same bolt pattern as your normal wheels, swapping out your snow tires, year after year, will be a simple task for you, or your favorite auto mechanic. This may be a cost effective measure in the long-run, as changing a wheel takes your mechanic less time twice a year than taking the tire off the rim and replacing it with seasonal tires.

If you need help finding the best snow tires for your vehicle, contact Five Seasons Tire of Cedar Rapids for assistance.

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