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Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Now that November is here, the temperatures are really going to start plummeting. Snow and freezing road conditions could arrive at any time. For car owners here in New Jersey, one important thing to consider is making the switch to winter tires.

Despite their name, all-season tires are not equipped for all seasons. Their major failing comes in the winter. All-season tires work best when the temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, once we start dipping below that, your all-season tires will begin to lose some of their traction.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are made using a special rubber compound that is designed to stay soft and pliable even when temperatures drop well below freezing. This will help give your car more traction whether the roads are wet, dry, snowy, or icy. In addition, winter tires have unique tread patterns that help them easily cut through slush, ice, and snow while maintaining the vehicle’s stability.

Compared with all-season tires, winter tires provide your vehicle with extra stopping power, which could make all the difference when it comes to staying on the road or braking in time to accommodate a stopped vehicle in front of you.

If you would like to add a set of winter tires to your car, come visit us at Bell Mitsubishi to peruse our great selection.

All-Season Tires vs. Summer Tires

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Winter tires are a popular option during the colder months, but one of the most rarely talked about kinds of tire is the summer tire. So what are summer tires, and what are the benefits of them?

“Summer tires” is kind of a misnomer. While summer tires aren’t ideal for winter, they’re great in spring, summer, and fall. They’re better at driving on wet and resisting hydroplaning than all-season tires, but they have little to no grip in the snow.

On the other hand, all-season tires, which most cars come pre-equipped with now, are mostly fine throughout the year, but they’re a compromise—they don’t perform as well during spring, summer, and fall as summer tires, and they don’t perform as well in winter as winter tires. If you don’t want to spend the money or take the extra time to switch over to winter tires when it gets cold, all-season tires are a good choice.

If you do want to take the time out, though, consider switching your all-season tires out for summer tires. You’ll experience better traction in the rain thanks to the softer grip, and when the cold weather hits, just spend an hour putting your winter tires on. You’ll be amazed how much better your car does in the snow with them!

For more information about tires or to schedule a service appointment, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!