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Snow Tires and Your Vehicle

Snow Tires and Your Vehicle

There are many benefits to equipping your vehicle with snow tires, regardless if your vehicle is all-wheel-drive (AWD). The vehicles that would strictly require snow tires would be that of rear-wheel-drive (RWD) cars and trucks; the Mustangs and 2x4 F150s. The reason being for this is that there is very little weight to press down on the driving tires since all the weight is up front where the motor sits. In fact, front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars are far more predictable and controllable in the snow or rain since most of the weight is sitting on the driving wheels, allowing a firm contact with the road surface.

So if you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, why would you need snow tires? It's two more wheels putting power to the ground, which certainly helps in slippery conditions. AWD cars work well with all-season tires, but AWD cars do not necessarily stop quicker than RWD or FWD cars. This is why having a good set of tires for winter is important, all cars today have anti-lock braking systems which are useless for stopping in the snow or ice if your tires aren't sufficient.

The compounds of winter tires are designed for flexibility to grasp a hold of ice or snow. What makes ice slippery is that thin layer of water that normally sits on top, winter tire thread patterns have grooves and pockets designed to push snow and water away, increasing the contact patch to the surface.

I can go on and on about the benefits of winter tires versus all-season. You can't go wrong with installing winter tires once temperatures start to drop below 8 degrees. Think of it this way, buy a set of winter tires and you won't have to buy tires for your car for a few years since each set is only getting 2 seasons on them each. As well, your stress level will decrease in slippery conditions, and the initial cost of winter tires could potentially be much cheaper than if you were to be involved in a collision as a result of running inappropriate tires!

If you do not have winter tires, check out our parts specials to see how much a full wheel/tire package installed is on your Ford or Lincoln!

Happy and safe driving this winter!

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