WINTER TIRE PRO TIPS FROM WALSER POLAR CHEVROLET
Walser Polar Chevrolet has some tips and tricks for you when you’re considering getting winter tires for your vehicle.
Although winter may seem far away, it’s by no means to early to start thinking about your vehicles’ tires, especially in the sometimes unbelievable road conditions that we face in Minnesota. It’s actually a great time to assess your tires’ condition and determine your next steps on ensuring that your vehicle is prepared to take on the elements this winter. These steps, beyond just making sure your normal tires have adequate tread and longevity to face the elements, may include considering whether or not winter tires would be a good option for you and your vehicle.
When thinking about winter tires, it’s important to consider how all-season tires (that most vehicles are equipped with) function, particularly in the extreme winter weather conditions that Minnesota experiences each year. All-season tires are a relatively misleading name for this type of tire. They do offer some traction in rougher road conditions, they don’t offer nearly the amount of traction, stopping power, or control on icy roads. Check out this study by Consumer Reports to see how all-season tires compare to winter tires in testing.
Depending on your daily commute and the driving conditions that you generally face in your day to day life will affect whether or not it’s a necessity for you to get winter tires on your vehicle. Although winter tires could truly benefit anyone driving in the Twin Cities, in Minnesota, or truly anywhere in the upper Midwest, during the long winter months, each person must decide for themselves if this investment is worth the cost. There are other options beyond winter tires, such as chains and studded tires.
If you do choose to get winter tires, you’ll be impressed with your vehicles ability to handle, stop, and control in wintery road conditions. There are some important things to remember, however, such as always remembering to take off your winter tires once spring comes, as they’ll wear much more quickly in dry, warm conditions. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that most winter tires will last for about 3 to 4 winters.
If you’re interested in either purchasing winter tires for your vehicle or just replacing your current all-season tires to help ensure that your vehicle is ready to take on the open road this winter, contact our service department at Walser Polar Chevrolet. Call us, contact us online, or visit our service department in White Bear Lake, Minnesota today to learn more!