Winter can be sneaky in the Delaware Valley. One day it’s 50 degrees and the next you’re driving through a nasty wintry mix. We recently provided you some winter weather driving tips that are geared for the best way to respond once an incident occurs, but there’s one thing that can help something from happening in the first place: tires.
Manufacturers make different tires for different seasons on purpose. Winter tires have a few specific characteristics that serve you better in the colder, more inclimate months. For starters, they’re made of a slightly softer, more flexible rubber. That’s so they can grip the shape of the road better during intense cold weather.
Winter tires also have deeper treads and more biting edges. Increased tread depth reduces snow and condensation buildup and, as a result, cuts down on sliding and skidding. Biting edges are those ridges along the sides of your tires and also aid overall traction.
The common theme with winter tires is that they’re designed to help you grip the road better. Ideally, you’d like to do that all the time, and you might be wondering if you can use winter tires year-round. But the same things that make them great in extreme cold are what keep them from being that way when the weather warms up. Their softer rubber wears down quicker in higher temperatures and isn’t as responsive as when you need to make a quick driving maneuver. The easiest way to think about different tire types might be shoes. You could wear sneakers all year, but odds are a pair of rain boots or sandals will be better at some point.
Regular tire maintenance helps with traction, too. Checking tire pressure at least once a month can help ensure high performance and improved gas mileage. The owner’s manual for your Mazda, Acura, Kia, Honda, Hyundai, or Genesis should also recommend how frequently you need to rotate your tires, which balances wear and tear. And no matter what make of car you get from Sussman, each offers models with all wheel drive, which shifts power to the tire(s) that need it most in a given moment.
Terrain through southeastern Pennsylvania varies by area. Consider just how rough the miles you’ll be covering are before you traverse them, so you can take advantage of the best way to approach them.