Why Do I Need Snow Tires? | Shaker's Kia, Connecticut

Shaker's Kia Explains Why Winter Tires Matter

Has the first winter storm of the season left your car slipping and sliding on even the clearest roads in your neighborhood? That's because you're likely driving on all-season tires. All-seasons are great in many parts of the country, but if you live in the northern part of the U.S. and regularly experience snow and ice between late November and the end of March, if not even into April, you will notice a big difference in traction and control if you're riding on winter treads.

Why aren't all-season tires okay in the winter?

All-season tires are actually best suited to temperate climates, where temperatures typically stay above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, scientific research shows that new all-seasons provide about the same amount of traction in the winter as half-worn snow tires, while half-worn all-seasons are basically unsuitable for winter driving.

How are snow tires different?

Winter tires differ from all-seasons in significant ways. First of all, they are made from a softer rubber, which is better able to maintain its flexibility and "stickiness" in very cold weather. Winter - or snow - tires also feature tread that's cut and patterned differently for superior traction.

Most importantly, winter tires are proven to have a big impact on braking performance. Drivers of front- and all-wheel drive vehicles see a dramatic decrease in stopping distance. And while winter tires are an extra cost, when compared to the cost of an insurance deductible or the possibility of serious injury in the event of an accident the expenditure on the extra set of tires makes good sense.

Get Equipped for Winter with Snow Tires & More at Shaker's Kia!

Our service center at Shaker's Kia is ready and waiting to help you with winter tires, from choosing the type that's best for your particular vehicle, to handling the mounting, balancing and storage of your regular tires. Use our convenient online scheduling page to set up an appointment today. We're located in Watertown, CT, which is an easy drive from Waterbury, Bristol, Naugatuck and Milford. Come in today before the next storm hits!