1. Safety; All season tires, like a fall jacket, are good at covering you in average temperatures. However, when using all season tires in the freezing cold stopping distances can increase 30 to 40 percent when compared to winter tires. Simply put: winter tires reduce your chances of crashing.
The soft rubber treads of a winter tire wrap around imperfections and create traction almost anywhere. Summer tires, on the other hand, harden as temperatures fall and cannot grip with the tenacity of a winter compound.
2. Don’t trust AWD/4WD Drive;
Believe it or not AWD/4WD vehicles help mostly with acceleration- not stopping! Vehicles with AWD/4WD can accelerate better than on ice or snow than a vehicle with two driven wheels. However, when it comes to turning the vehicle limits are determined by the amount of grip and traction, not the number of driven wheels.
3. Avoid the water works;
Winter tires are primarily designed to move water. When your tires apply pressure to snow or ice they melt the top section and create a thin film of water (the exact same thing happens when you ice skate). And if the water is not moved out of the way the car will hydroplane! This is exactly why winter tires have such large grooves and treads- to quickly move water away to the sides and allow the vehicle to contact the surface.
4. Quality Counts;
Just like summer tires, premium winter tires will perform better than most basic models. You are paying for the latest rubber technology and tread patterns available which can perform 15% better than an economically-priced winter tire.
5. Changing over to winter tires is simple, straightforward process;
Winter tires aren’t just for tire aficionados and car dorks. After you've used winter/snow tires once, you won't think twice about it again. Making the change to winter tires in the fall will become an annual routine that you'll welcome in exchange for the distinct wintertime driving advantages. We at Point S offer the tire garage and will store your tires until you need them back on vehicle.
Make Sure to watch for the Point S Winter Driving Tire Giveaway and your chance to win a set of 4 snow tires!