Should you be using snow tires this winter?

November 29th, 2017 by

Does my Volkswagen need winter-grade tires?
The first snowfall of the winter season is often looked upon with joy and delight by children and dreaded by those who will end up driving through the icy muck. With the decreased traction, driving through the snow can be dangerous, especially if your vehicle is ill-prepared for the weather. Make driving in the snow easier by opting for snow or winterized tires.

The tires that are currently on your vehicle are likely all-season tires, which will still work in the snow, though you won’t get the same performance that you would with snow tires. When you choose to add winter tires to your vehicle, you are purchasing something that is specifically formatted to perform in the cold, ice, and snow. Buying winter tires is like buying a pair of snow boots. You will simply be purchasing the equipment that is best suited for the conditions.

Benefits of purchasing winter tires
Every aspect of winter tires is formulated to keep you safe on the road during the winter months. From the treads to the rubber used, snow tires are designed to give your vehicle the best advantage on the slushy roads. The deep treads help the tires grip the road, providing better traction, while a specially formulated rubber maintains flexibility, even in the coldest climates. Even if you have a vehicle with All-Wheel drive, like the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, snow tires will be able to help you control your stopping, something that AWD doesn’t do.

While snow tires can be expensive, they are an investment that can help save your life, or at least keep you off the side of the road. As long as you take care of your tires, and only use them during the snowy season, they should last at least a winter or two. Schedule service at Atlantic Volkswagen for tire rotation and to see if winter tires are the right choice for you.