Snow tires (also known as winter tires) are specifically designed to dig down and bite into snow and ice. Winter/snow tires are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, allowing the tire to better perform during winter driving conditions. Standard conventional tires tend to get hard when temperatures dip below 45 degrees. As a result, winter/snow tires will outperform conventional tires and even all-season radial during all types of winter driving.
The question becomes, do I need two or four snow tires? Putting just two snow tires on your car will not give you maximum performance during winter driving and may put you at risk. Remember, snow tires are designed to remain soft and will grip better at cold temperatures. This means that snow tires and conventional tires react differently in colder weather. Snow tires perform better in the winter and grip the road better. To get maximum performance and safety, it is best to install four snow tires. One more thing to consider; if you drive an all-wheel drive vehicle, it is recommended that all four tires be the same tread design to prevent damage to all-wheel drive components.
If you would like more information on snow tires for the winter months, please contact us at osceolagarage.com.