Here in Northeast Ohio, winter weather is a given, often stretching from late October into April. That’s about half a year where winter storms are possible! Many new cars come with all-season tires that can handle winter weather conditions like freezing rain and snow. However, it’s important to be aware that there is not truly a “one-size-fits-all” seasonal tire. All-season tires end up being a compromise between ideal summer performance tires and high-performing winter tires. Basically, they just can’t handle extreme weather like dedicated seasonal tires do.
Winter tires offer significantly more traction, ranging from about 25 – 50% more than all-season tires. Another important factor to consider is that studies have shown that all-season tires can take approximately 40% longer to stop during braking. That could mean the difference in you getting stuck in the snow or preventing a car accident.
Additionally, summer tires and all-season tires are made with less durable rubber than winter tires. The former become slightly hardened in cold weather. Winter tires, on the other hand, are made from a rubber compound that remains flexible in cold temperatures, thereby providing greater traction in winter weather.
Winter tires also have tread that is designed to grip into deep snow without retaining it in the grooves. (You can identify winter tires by the mountain and snowflake icon on the tire’s sidewall.) Of course, winter tires are most crucial for those who live in areas with the greatest snowfall. That said, even moderate snow areas in Northeast Ohio can benefit from winter tire use.
Give us a call to discuss the specifics of your vehicle type and travel needs, as we transition OUT of winter and we would be happy to talk you through your options. If you do opt to add a pair of winter tires to your automotive collection, we can even store them for you in the off season here at your trusted Cleveland auto body shop, Weber Automotive in North Olmsted, Ohio.