Discount Tire Advises Motorists To Use Winter Season Tires for Driving as Cold Weather Approaches

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Buying winter season tires early helps avoid tire buying rush and prepares vehicle for winter road conditions

The fall and winter season usually ushers in thoughts of chilly air, snowy-white landscapes and the holidays. However, the severe weather during this time makes for dangerous driving conditions (wet, ice, slush, snow) in many parts of the country. Discount Tire, America's largest independent tire retailer, reminds motorists to prepare their vehicles by replacing their all-season tires with winter season tires in advance of severe winter weather for added road confidence and safety.

All-season tires are not designed for severe winter weather. Their tread designs are engineered to provide extended mileage and durability under the summer sun. They are less effective at maintaining traction in winter weather and lose flexibility in temperatures below 45º F, which affects tire traction, vehicle control and braking distance.

Today's winter season tires are much more technologically advanced and safer than snow tires of the past. Winter season tires are engineered with different chemical compounds to maintain flexibility and special tread designs that make them a better choice for driving in winter road conditions.

According to Michelin, winter season tires can deliver approximately 25 - 50 percent more traction than all-season tires under severe winter weather conditions, a vital difference that allows a vehicle to stop safely and avoid fatal accidents.

According to Discount Tire, it is best to use tires that are specifically designed for the road and weather conditions you will be driving in. Winter season tires have different chemical compounds to maintain their flexibility and tread designs that deliver much better traction, handling and control, especially in temperatures below 45º F.

Discount Tire also recommends installing four winter season tires for optimum safety and handling as opposed to paring winter tires with all-season tires, an application that creates a traction mismatch which leads to difficult road handling.

Why Buy Winter Season Tires?

FLEXIBLITY. Winter season tires are manufactured to maintain flexibility in cold weather.

  • Winter season tires stay flexible in cold weather unlike all-season tires that can turn hard like a brick! This reduces traction and control.
  • Tread compound of a standard all-season tire progressively loses their flexibility and road adherence when temperatures drop below 45º F.

CONTROL. Winter season tire tread compounds are specifically designed to improve driver control.

  • Winter season tire tread flexibility improves traction for better control.
  • Handling is improved during emergency maneuvers in cold weather.
  • Braking distance is shorter and safer. The braking distance of a winter season tire compared to an all-season tire, depending on speed and road conditions, can be as much as 10 percent shorter or two vehicle lengths.

TRACTION. Winter season tire tread patterns are designed to maintain rubber-to-road contact.

  • Tread patterns increase cold weather traction, control and overall road safety.
  • Tread depth on all-season tires is lower which creates a significant drop in slush and snow traction. All-season tires can pack up material and can't clean out as winter tires are designed to do.

ABOUT DISCOUNT TIRE
Discount Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is America's largest independent tire retailer. Also referred to as America's Tire in Oregon and some parts of California and Washington, Discount Tire currently operates nearly 700 stores across the country. At discounttire.com, customers can research, order and make an appointment for service. For more information about Discount Tire, visit http://www.discounttire.com.

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