Two Reasons Not To Drive With Winter Tires All Year Long

If you're like the average person, you aim to make every area of your life stress-free. This statement is particularly true when it comes to your tires. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you probably install winter tires to make navigating through the snow easier. However, to avoid excess work, you don't bother to rotate to an all-season tire once winter passes. If this is a practice you follow, it's best to avoid it. Here are just two of the problems with using winter tires all year round.

Accelerated Wear

One of the biggest problems that result from driving on winter tires throughout the year is faster wear, especially during the summer months. A part of what makes it easier to drive through the snow with winter tires is their flexible tread. Unlike the harder tread found on all-season tires, the flexible tread on winter tires basically allows the tire to dig into the snow, offering more traction.

However, on dry and warm pavement, this flexibility makes the treads more susceptible to wear and tear. All-season tires are not as pliable and less susceptible to damage from dry and warm pavement. Instead of being able to use your winter tires for several years, when you use them all year round, you shorten their life and will likely find that you need to replace your tires more often than you normally would.

Decreased Handling

Driving with winter tires outside of winter can make handling your vehicle more difficult. This can significantly decrease the safety of your vehicle and limit your maneuverability. A part of the reason for this is the design of winter tires. As previously mentioned, winter tires are designed to be more flexible than all-season tires. This also means that they are softer.

When you need to quickly swerve around an object to avoid an accident, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to do so with winter tires. Even attempting to perform this type of maneuver with winter tires increases your risk of losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident. When the pavement is free of snow and ice, all-season tires will offer you a greater level of control and better ensure your safety on the road.

Ensuring safety and caring for your vehicle properly, does take some effort on your part. This effort comes in the form of removing your winter tires and rotating to all-season tires after winter. Make certain you are properly rotating between your winter and all-season tires.

To learn more, contact a company like Bearsch's United Auto Center