It’s that time of year again. We all have that morning when we wake up, take a look outside, see the snow coming down, and dread our drive into work. It’s messy, slippery, and cold. So what can you do to make your commute more manageable and, more importantly, safer? Well, it might be time to consider a set of winter tires. However, how do you know if you should get winter tires? How do you know when to put them on, when to remove them, and when to replace them?

As the snow continues to fall you may find yourself asking these questions, and wondering if winter tires are right for you and your vehicle. It is common to assume that you and your car are fine with regular tires for all seasons, but if you live in a place where it snows, and where you may encounter icy roads, that’s not the case. This is even true if you live in an area where the temperature consistently drops below 45 degrees in the winter.

A set of winter tires can make a huge difference in your winter driving. They aren’t even necessarily only needed on the chance that you encounter snow. Of course, they are a huge help when driving on snow-packed or icy roads, but surprisingly they are even beneficial for driving in cold weather when the roads are dry. This is why the industry standards are changing, and it’s smart to consider these to be your winter tires rather than snow specific tires. The reason these tires make such a difference is because they are designed with the latest tread designs that provide much needed extra traction and more grip on winter roads. They also help your car to stop shorter which is essential in avoiding winter-related accidents.

It’s clear winter tires are a good choice, but what are the main reasons people hold back on getting themselves a set? One of the most significant reasons is probably the cost. While it’s true that tires can be on the pricier side, when compared to the price of an accident or car repair, it’s worth it. It may even be cheaper if you’re saving yourself an accident. Also, think of all the downtime your regular tires will get. They’ll last almost twice as long because you’ll be switching them out and giving each set a break in their offseason.

So, even though we are right in the middle of winter, it’s still not too late to get yourself a set of winter tires. It’s suggested winter tires be put on your vehicle around late November, and removed in early April, but it’s always better late than never in the winter season. One thing you will want to make sure of though is that you only use these during the winter months, so you can maximize the tread life on them and continue using them for winters to follow. Contact the Thompson Automotive team to schedule your appointment to get your winter tires questions answered and installed on your car ASAP!