The Importance of Winter Tires

 

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Have you considered the importance of winter tires? If not, take a couple of minutes to read this. It could potentially help you avoid getting into an accident. It might even just save your life this winter season.

Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires

If you think driving on all-season tires during the cold, snowy winter months here in the Warrington PA area is fine, you may be surprised to know just how much a difference driving on a dedicated set of winter tires or snow tires can make. Benefits of driving winter tires include:

 

  • Increased Traction: This may seem obvious, but it's worth a mention. Dedicated winter tread groove patterns, winter tires grip to surfaces like ice and snow much better than all-season tires can. This can help prevent hydroplaning or sliding, reducing the risk of an accident.
  • Softer Rubber: The rubber compounds in winter tires are softer than those of regular all-season tires, making them less "stiff" in cold weather conditions, thereby increasing traction.

 

Why Buy Winter Tires?

  • AWD To the Max: Though all-wheel-drive systems help improve traction in uncertain or inclement weather conditions, tires are the actual point of contact where your car meets the road. As good a VSC or ESC system as your car has, and as intelligent as your Porsche's all-wheel-drive-system is, the traction your car maintains ultimately comes down to whether or not the tires can grip the road. Maximize your all-wheel-drive vehicle with snow tires.
  • Shorter Stopping Distances: Having winter tires can save you thirty feet or more of stopping distance over and above all-season tires. This extra stopping leeway that results in part from increased traction can help prevent you from rear-ending someone, sliding into a busy intersection, and more. All in all, this added leeway can keep you safer!
  • Longer tire life: Buying dedicated winter tires and using them for the cold, snowy Pennsylvania winters can and will reduce tire wear on your all season set of tires, meaning they will, effectively, last longer! This also offsets the initial cost of getting winter tires. Want to make using winter tires easier? Buy a dedicated aftermarket set of wheels to mount your winter tires on to; then all you have to do when the winter comes is swap out your wheels and tires.

 

Contact Us

Do you have any questions about winter car care including winter tires? Contact our Service Department here at Porsche Warrington today. Let us know how we can further assist you!

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