The Benefits of Winter or Snow Tires

January 16th, 2017 by

Tires CloseupAre you driving this winter? That might seem like a silly question. Most people get around Calumet City and Homewood on the roads, don’t they? Well, if you, like most people in the Chicagoland area are driving, then you need to think about snow tires to keep you and your family safe on the snowy, icy, slippery roads that are all too common during the colder months of the year.

Never thought about snow tires before? It’s time to start. There are plenty of reasons why snow tires are a great choice for almost any driver. Below are the basics that you need to understand if snow tires are right for you:

  • Winter tires are specialized tires that have both a different, softer rubber than other tires, and a formulation that’s better for cold conditions, as well as a specialized tread that helps them take on both ice and snowy conditions. They can help provide added traction in all cold-weather conditions. They are optimized to function best when the weather is below 45 degrees, but they can provide a perfectly good ride with solid performance on dry roads in slightly warmer temperatures as well.
  • All-Season Tires are not winter tires. While all-season tires do claim to be good for all seasons, they fall short when it comes to cold weather. They are designed for moderate temperatures, and wet and dry road conditions. They do not provide the same traction as winter tires.
  • You need all four tires to be the snow tires to get the benefits. You can’t put two tires on the front or the rear and expect to gain any advantage when it comes to performance.
  • Adding a set of wheels to your vehicle for winter tires makes swapping tires quick and easy, but you don’t need to do that. You can swap the tires on your existing wheels to save money.
  • Maintaining the proper air pressure is essential in cold weather. You need to monitor your tire pressures during changing temperatures to make sure they’re at the right level.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood

If you’re ready to upgrade to winter tires to help you get through our winter here in Chicagoland, visit Chevrolet of Homewood today. For all your winter maintenance, make sure you stop at the service center at Chevrolet of Homewood or make an appointment online today!

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