Apr 5, 2013

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Winter and Summer Tires are Different, Right?

Your vehicle requires good tires in order to grip the road and take you safely where you need to go. During the winter you will encounter icy and wet roads, as well as snowy roads, which hamper the ability of your vehicle to grip the road surface. Slick tires and slick roads do not bode well and you are likely to end up feeling as though you are driving on an ice rink.

This is why the right kind of tires is vital to the safe driving of your vehicle during the winter months. North Dakota experiences some of the most harsh winters in the country and snow levels can hit an average of seven or eight inches at one time. When the snow compacts it becomes more dense and this creates thicker and icier situations, making it harder to control your vehicle when it slides. The winter of 2012/13 was particularly harsh in the north east and North Dakota did not escape the severity of the multiple storms that lashed the area. There were a record number of accidents and it is possible that many of the cars were involved in some of them simply because they had the wrong tires.

Summer or “Performance” Tires

Summer tires generally consist of a tread that has high lateral stiffness and are harder wearing on warm asphalt and tarmac. They do not respond well to ice or snowy conditions and are really only suitable for Spring, summer and fall weather. Sub-zero temperatures are not considered in the composition of the rubber.

Winter Tires

Winter tires differ in many ways from summer tires in that they can also contain studs. The rubber is specifically formulated to grip the road at low and sub-zero temperatures. The tread pattern differs from those of summer tires too in that it tends to have thin, crisscrossed slits, known as ‘sipes’, into the rubber to grip the snow and bite into it to keep the vehicle on a steady path throughout its journey.

A good tire dealer Fargo ND will offer you a wide choice of winter, summer or ‘all weather’ tires for your vehicle. The downside of ‘all weather’ tires can be that they function slightly less in all weathers simply because the formulation is so very different between temperatures in the nineties and temperatures below zero. Winter tires can sometimes be an ‘aftermarket’ replacement brand and all weather tires tend to be fitted to most new vehicles. If your car needs new tires, talk to Certified Auto Repair and get a quote from them for fitting and replacing you current tires. They will show you a selection to choose from and offer suggestions for the best kind to by.

 

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