When to Drive on Winter Tires and When to Change Them

Each year, drivers ask us at Luxury Motors of Rehoboth Beach if they can get away with driving on winter tires the rest of the year. While this sounds like a money-saving idea, we advise against it.

Winter tires are specialized tools. They feature softer rubber than other tires, and they have ice-gripping tread blocks and deep, slush-channeling grooves. Those aspects dominate winter conditions. They falter during summer travel because soft, thick-tread tires become clunky on hot, dry pavement. Also, they surprisingly vibrate when rolling through puddles produced by summer rains.

You might save money in the short term by keeping your winter tires on your auto all year, but you will spend more in the long run. Quite simply, tires built of soft materials slowly crumble versus sweltering roadways. As winter tires carry high prices and do not typically offer mileage guarantees, you will pay more using only winter tires for several years than alternating tire styles as seasons change.

 

 

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