It's never a good idea to drive headlong into winter weather in a vehicle that is not outfitted for ice or snow. One important decision you might have to make: Should you install snow tires or another traction system on your luxury car or SUV?
Snow tires have special rubber and tread designed to maintain a grip on the road even when it's filled with ice or snow. They are made for conditions where regular tires might not perform well. So if you live in an area surrounded by mountains prone to snow, ice, or freezing temperatures, snow tires - aka "winter tires" - can help you stay safe on the road. Chains are another possibility and we will discuss those in the next blog.
The auto industry is always coming up with new tire designs that improve car performance - accelerating, braking, steering - in wintery road conditions. Winter tires help you retain your grip on the road and provide traction when regular tires would be sliding and putting you in danger.
Winter tires for luxury cars are not inexpensive. So some people want to think it through before taking the plunge.
While many people who live in areas with seasonal weather wait for the first snowfall to consider snow tires, you actually might be safer on the road by getting winter or snow tires before the first flurries fall. That's especially true if you live in a mountain town like Denver or Ketchum, Idaho. As temperatures dip below 45 degrees folks in these kinds of towns see a big benefit in terms of safety by staying on top of snow tire installation and getting it done early.
That's because, at this temperature, all-season tires get stiff and start to lose traction.
This can mean less reliable braking, cornering, acceleration, slipping, and sliding - thus putting yourself and your family at risk.
So get in early for your winter tire installation. That way you can avoid any last-minute rush as the temperatures drop and people start to get worried.
So how many winter tires should you put on your luxury car?
By replacing all four tires with snow tires you’re helping traction of both the front and the rear of the vehicle. As a result, you will experience better handling and be safer this winter. If you choose to install only two winter tires the handling will be impacted. And not in a good way necessarily. Whether you are driving front-wheel, rear-wheel, or even all-wheel drive the axle with the winter tires will not work in synch with the opposing axle. So we say go with four.
And keep in mind that all-season tires you already have on your car aren't really for all seasons. They may work for most drives but as soon as the conditions turn treacherous you are going to wish you'd gone with real snow tires.
Your costs may go up when you buy real snow tires but think about it this way: If your insurance deductible is $500 and you get into a fender bender paying that deductible could have been avoided by simply using snow tires.
Having a second set of tires also lengthens the life of your all-season tires.
That's because you'll be putting miles on the winter tires instead for up to half the year. And you'll be avoiding the added wear and tear of driving all-seasons in road conditions that aren't optimal for their use in the first place.
That's a win-win!
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