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WHAT SETS WINTER TIRES APART FROM REGULAR TIRES?
Winter tires have a tread compound that gets harder as the weather gets colder, allowing them to drive over heavy snow, slush, and ice easier than all-season tires. Rubber composition, tread depth and pattern, and biting edges are the three main features that set winter tires apart from regular tires.
The rubber compounds found on snow tires specifically prevent them from freezing, giving them a better grip on the ground in even the slipperiest conditions. The rubber compound is designed to stay soft and pliable when the weather cools so your tires can maintain adequate grip and traction. allowing them to drive over heavy snow, slush, and ice easier than all-season tires. The dangers of leaving your regular tires or even all-season tires on a car during the winter is the rubber stiffens in the cold, which reduces traction.
Tread Depth and Pattern
Winter tires have deeper tread depths than regular tires, especially performance tires. Deeper tread depths improve traction in the snow and lessen snow buildup. It is important to note in order for winter tires to perform effectively on snowy roads, their tread should not be worn past 6/32″. At this point, your tires’ ability to keep their traction on icy and snowy roads is greatly reduced. When tread depth reaches 2/32″, your vehicle will have none, or very little, traction in the snow.
In addition to deep treads, winter tires also have unique tread patterns, or grooves. These special grooves help prevent hydroplaning by efficiently pumping water through the tread. Moisture is essentially pushed out and away from the tire so your wheel can make solid contact with dry ground.
The main difference between Winter and Regular tires is the series of zig-zag grooves covering their tread. Regular tires do not have these grooves where winter tires do. These grooves are known as biting edges that grip the road in snow or ice which helps in reducing the risk of accident or skidding on ice.
Stopping and handling can be improved with winter or snow tires. Higher quality snow tires are generally more expensive but can provide better performance. When you spend a lot of time on the road in the winter, buying quality snow tires can make a world of difference
At Tottenham Auto Centre we want to ensure that you are giving your family the safest ride this Winter. Come talk to us about your winter maintenance and help choose the right tire for your vehicle.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO MAKING SURE YOUR VEHICLE RUNS SMOOTHLY?
Scheduled maintenance service will help a vehicle owner to get the optimum performance, longevity and reliability from their vehicles. The service schedule typically covers the project lifespan of the vehicle and covers a wide variety of vehicle components and systems, including but not limited to
- Synthetic and Regular Oil Changes
- Transmission Fluid Flush
- Engine Coolant Flush
- Power Steering Fluid Flush
- Brake Fluid Flush
- Engine Oil Filter Changes
- Transmission Filter Changes
- Engine Air Filter Changes
- Cabin Air Filter Changes
- Fuel Filter Changes
- Tire Rotations
- Wheel Balancing
- Wheel Alignment
- Maintenance Tune-Up
- Fuel Injection Service
- Brake System Service
Regular maintenance ensures your vehicle is inspected regularly, which can catch costly problems before they become more expensive.
Investing in relatively minor maintenance items or check-ups also helps you avoid major, expensive repairs that can arise as the result of neglect.
Lastly, if your car is still under manufacturer’s warranty, preventive maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer ensures your car will continue to be covered
Call Ravi today to set up an appointment to ensure your vehicle ready for the road.