The Denver metro area has already seen its first snowfall, which means that areas in the mountains are well on their way to winter. We often think that the winters are relatively mild in the city, which is why it makes such a popular destination for people to move to. What many people don’t realize, however, is that, mild or not, winter still brings snow, and all it takes is one wrong tire on one wrong patch of snow to cause an accident. Sometimes the difference between an accident and a smooth trip is how alert and careful the driver is, but during the winter months, snow tires can give you a certain advantage, because oftentimes accidents happen to the most cautious of drivers. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Snow Tires?
Snow tires, simply put, are not all-season tires. They have deeper grooves to provide greater traction. They’re thicker. They give you control of your car whether there is a dusting or a few inches of snow on the road. All-season tires are mainly only useful when the road is either dry or is only wet or cold and are generally pretty useless when there is ice or snow on the road.
Snow tires are also not all-weather tires. While all-weather tires provide some traction on ice and snow, they still give up some capability in order to maneuver on dry roads. Remember, they’re designed to “do everything,” but that means they don’t specialize in any weather.
The snow tires of today are leagues ahead of snow tires from 25 years ago. Today you will see a lot more snow tires able to handle wet, non-snowy conditions without wearing out the tires too fast, which is a shift from the past.
Go All In
Buying tires can be expensive, but when you opt to get snow tires, get a set of four. The idea of mixing and matching to save money sounds nice, but it can prove to be more dangerous and less reliable than not having ANY snow tires at all. The problem lies in an imbalance of grip – when two tires grip really well and two tires grip somewhat or not at all, your car will fishtail and spin out of control more frequently. And at places like Pro Auto Care, you can actually save a bundle by buying four at once.
A Wise Investment
If you live in a place that receives an average of 350 inches of snowfall per year, or you travel frequently to the mountains in the winter, snow tires are not just recommended but could save your life and your car’s. In addition, if you frequently travel to the mountains during the winter, CDOT has extremely explicit requirements on what kind of tread your tires must have to keep you (and the other drivers on the road) safe. Give Pro Auto Care a call to get an estimate and friendly advice before the winter really gets rolling.