Winter Tires: Benefits and Care

Winter Tires, Fuel Efficiency, Winter Driving, Road Traction

Winter Tires: Benefits and Care

Winter Tires, Fuel Efficiency, Winter Driving, Road TractionWith icy roads, heavy snow, and limited visibility, winter driving can be treacherous. Safely navigating these challenging conditions requires the right equipment. Your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. Winter tires are designed to increase traction and fuel efficiency in cold weather. Keep reading for tire care tips and the benefits of choosing quality tires.


Winter Tires Features

Unlike all-season tires, winter tires have a unique rubber compound and tread pattern that keeps them flexible in cold temperatures. This flexibility improves vehicle stability and stopping power. In addition, winter tires also have deeper treads and sipes. Sipes are tiny slits in the tread blocks that enhance traction by pushing away snow and ice. Therefore, winter tires are far superior to all-season tires when handling the challenges of winter driving.


Choosing tires specifically designed for winter weather reduces the risk of accidents and ensures a safer driving experience. The improved traction and control provided by winter tires help you maneuver safely through snowy roads and maintain better control in emergencies.

Benefits Of Quality 

Winter driving is challenging and stressful when road conditions are less than optimal. Investing in quality winter tires offers numerous benefits that go beyond safety. 

  • Fuel Efficiency: One of the key advantages is improved fuel efficiency. Winter tires have reduced rolling resistance. This means your vehicle needs less energy to move forward. As a result, your fuel consumption decreases, saving you money overall.
  • Smooth & Quiet Ride: Quality winter tires provide advanced tread patterns and rubber compounds that minimize road noise and vibration.
  • Extended Lifespan: Alternating between all-season and winter tires decreases the wear and tear on both sets of tires. Extending the lifespan of your vehicle’s tires reduces the frequency of tire purchases. 

Choosing Winter Tires

When choosing winter tires, consider the value of higher-quality tires and long-term benefits, even if they have a slightly higher price tag. Other factors to evaluate include: 

  • Tire size: Select the correct tire size that matches your vehicle’s specifications. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or a tire professional to determine the appropriate tire size.
  • Tire tread pattern: Deeper treads and more sipes provide better grip on snowy and icy surfaces. Choose a tire with the correct tread pattern and depth for your winter driving conditions.
  • Tire speed rating: The speed rating indicates the maximum speed a tire can handle safely. Select a winter tire with a speed rating suitable for your typical driving conditions. The “Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake” symbol indicates that the tires have met the industry’s severe snow service requirements.
  • Budget: While it is tempting to opt for the cheapest winter tires available, investing in quality tires will provide better performance, longevity, and safety.

When To Replace 

A detailed tire inspection will determine if they are in good condition and ready for the winter season. Cold weather driving conditions are harsh on winter tires. For example, extreme temperatures and ice melt can degrade tires. Slick roads create a loss of traction, resulting in tire tread wear. So, how do you know when to replace winter tires?

  • Tire Tread Depth: All tires have built-in tread wear indicators. They are small rubber bars located within the tire’s grooves. When the tread depth reaches these indicators, it is to replace them.
  • Tire Age: The rubber compound in tires degrades over time, reducing its ability to provide optimal grip and control. Even if the tread depth is within acceptable limits, a tire’s lifespan is about six years. 
  • Tire Tread Wear: Look for irregular wear patterns. Cracks, bulges, or cuts in the sidewall or tread area can compromise the tire’s integrity. Uneven tread wear patterns, such as excessive wear on one side of the tire or only in the center, may indicate alignment or suspension issues. See a qualified technician to resolve these issues. 

Care Tips

Maximize fuel efficiency and the lifespan and performance of your winter tires with these tire care tips:

  • Check the tire pressure: Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, affecting the tire’s performance. Check the tire pressure at least once a month and adjust it to the recommended level specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Rotate your tires: Rotating your winter tires promotes even wear and extends their lifespan. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the recommended tire rotation intervals.
  • Avoid aggressive driving: Exercise caution and avoid aggressive maneuvers. Sudden acceleration, hard braking, and sharp turns can stress the tires unnecessarily and decrease their lifespan.
  • Store your tires properly: Clean them thoroughly before storing them for the summer. Remove all road salts and other debris with soap and water. Then, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Schedule A Tires Safety Inspection

Winter tires significantly reduce the risk of auto collisions during winter driving, increase fuel efficiency, and provide a safer driving experience. As winter approaches, prioritize your vehicle’s safety on the road and schedule your winter tires safety inspection.   

Call Ron’s Garage at (734) 961-4701 or visit our website to discuss your tire needs with one of our service technicians.