Why should I switch to snow tires on my car during winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealer Information, Safety, Service, Tips & Tricks on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 3:52 pm
Car tires on winter road covered with snow

Benefits of Winter Tires in Snow

Now that the winter months have hit us here in the Midwest, drivers know that road conditions can be a hassle at best, and dangerous at worst. If you’re in the Chicago area and are looking for peace of mind behind the wheel this winter, consider switching your vehicle’s tires out for specially designed winter tires. 

For most of the year, your Mitsubishi car or SUV can handle the road just fine with its standard all-season tires. But when winter hits, you’ll probably find that they lack the ability to offer enough traction when driving on icy roads or snowy driveways. This is because, in addition to their narrow grooves, all-season tires can freeze with lower temperatures, causing them to become rigid, reducing their ability to grip the road.  

Designed not to freeze in the winter, winter tires are made with a special rubber compound that stays flexible even when it’s cold out. The flexibility of the tire lets it conform to the road, giving drivers better control. Also a part of the winter tire design is the tire’s wider grooves, which keep ice, snow, and water from getting caught in the tire, making it easier for them to stay tractive. 

Traction is essential for driving at all times, but specifically in the winter. Your tire’s traction can help you control your vehicle’s steering direction, assist in stopping your vehicle, and prevent you from getting stuck on snow or ice. If you’re interested in getting a new set of winter tires, contact us today at Continental Mitsubishi!

[Read more: Winter Maintenance Checklist]

circular image of car driving through snowTips and Tricks for Winter Tires 

  • Get a full set to prevent mismatched traction. While some drivers only switch out two of their tires with winter tires, this can lead to uneven wear between your tires as well as dangerous situations like spinouts. 
  • Check your tire’s air pressure when temperatures drop. About every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tires lose about 1 psi. Maintaining the correct air pressure inside your tire is necessary to prevent blowouts and flat tires.  
  • Be careful on the road. Even with winter tires equipped, winter driving can be dangerous. Always drive slowly and carefully when driving in snow and try to avoid traveling during storms if possible. 

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