Tires are one of the best investments you can make for your car, which is why many consider buying different tires for the different seasons. Let’s go over the ins and outs of winter tires.

The difference. Winter tires, or sometimes called snow tires, are specifically designed for cold weather. They are designed to “grip” the road better with their tread design, and the rubber used is actually a unique compound that keeps the material flexible even in below-freezing temps. On all-season tires, they typically become stiff when exposed to winter weather. In other words, winter tires offer the best traction when driving in winter conditions, which even includes ice.

The benefits. When testing all-season tires vs. winter tires in the wintertime, the tires specifically designed for the season come out on top. That specially designed tread does better when navigating snowy roads. It helps the car stop quicker and avoid losing traction when you start again. The same can be said for ice, too. In tests, cars with winter tires can accelerate and brake more efficiently, even on completely iced over streets. For drivers who deal with Minnesota weather, that can be incredible beneficial for their winter driving.

A full set vs. two tires. Whether or not your car has four-wheel control, it’s not ideal to only have two winter tires on your car. In general, that means you only get half of the benefits. One half of your car will have more control on snowy or icy roads while the other half doesn’t. It could actually lead to more spinouts depending on if they’re installed on the front or rear and the type of drive the car has. It’s recommended that if you’re going to invest in winter tires, you should get the full set for maximum advantage and safer winter driving.

The cost. Upfront, having a second set of tires will cost more, but then you get better peace of mind knowing your car has an advantage on wintery roads. Plus, when you’re switching out your all-season tires, that means they’re taking a break for the season and will altogether last longer. Overall, with the kind of winter conditions we see in Minnesota, it’s a sound investment for your safety. You can discuss the pros and cons with your trusted auto service center.

If you’re in the Southern Twin Cities, our experts would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of buying some winter tires for your vehicle. Superior Service Center has a location in Eagan, MN and Apple Valley, MN.