Every winter, Colorado drivers consider whether to put snow tires on their car. In winter driving conditions (snow, slush or ice on the road) properly inflated snow tires in good condition, provide optimal safety and performance. The dilemma for Front Range drivers is that for the majority of our winter days, the roads are dry and all-season tires are perfectly adequate. But if you live in the mountains or make frequent trips to the mountains in the winter you should seriously consider putting snow tires on your car.
What is Different About a Snow Tire?
With snow tires it is all about getting a better grip on the road. Better grip comes from using softer, more flexible rubber and tread configurations that bite and dig into snow, slush and ice. Winter tires are also generally narrower than all season tires. Narrower tires propel a car forward better while wider tires tend to float on top of the snow. In bad winter weather these tires are superior for steering and braking.
All Season vs Snow Tires: The Pros and Cons
- Provides best safety, grip and performance on dry roads
- Do not have to replace existing tires in spring and fall
- No storage of tires
- Do not provide optimal safety and performance on icy roads
- Optimal safety and handling on snow slush and ice.
- Reduced handling on dry roads.
- Reduced gas mileage
- Added expense of four more tires
- Must store tires in summer months
We find that the majority of our customers end up purchasing all-season radials. We would be happy to talk to you about your individual circumstances to help you make the choice that is best for you. The condition of your tires is very important. It does not matter what type of tire you have if it is worn out. We recommend replacing your tires when the tread is at the wear indicator mark. Driving on tires until they are legally worn out could lead to less than satisfactory winter driving results. Fall is a great time to buy new tires.