The Many Benefits of Using Winter Tires

January 21, 2019 by Chris Bibey

 

Let’s face it: there’s nothing fun about driving in inclement winter weather. From snow to ice, from sleet to strong wind, you never know what you’ll face when you get behind the wheel.

There are things you can do to improve your safety and give you the peace of mind you deserve. For example, there are many benefits of using winter tires, all of which you should consider now that we’re in the middle of the season.

1. Designed for the Snow

It’s easy to assume your all-season tires will provide good all around performance during the winter season, but this isn’t always the case. Here’s why: these tires are not designed specifically for the snow.

Winter tires consist of a soft rubber compound designed to remain flexible in even the coldest of temperatures. Furthermore, they have a unique tread pattern to improve traction and push away snow and water.

2. Improved Braking

One of the top fears of driving in winter conditions is an inability to stop in an emergency.

There may come a point when you have to quickly hit the brake pedal, such as if the person in front of you spins out or a pedestrian walks in front of your vehicle.

Winter tires are designed to stay soft when temperatures dip, ensuring that you’re able to stop your vehicle as quickly as expected.

3. Money Savings

Many drivers shy away from winter tires, as they don’t want to part with the money to buy and install them. However, there’s something to remember: you can actually save money in the long run.

With a winter tire discount available through your insurance company, you’ll save money that can be used toward the initial purchase and installation. Also, keep in mind how much you'll save if you DON'T have an accident because winter tires allowed you to stop before hitting another vehicle or you didn't slide off the road into a ditch.

If you’re interested in saving on auto insurance, consult with your insurance company or broker for a clear idea of the type of winter tire discount you can receive.

Final Thoughts

There is nothing more important than your safety. Unfortunately, when winter weather arrives, it’s not always easy to maintain your safety on the roadway.

With the help of winter tires, you’ll feel more confident than ever before when driving in snow, ice, rain, sleet, and anything else Mother Nature throws your way. Add this to the potential to save on auto insurance, and there’s no reason to avoid winter tires for another season!