What You Need to Know About Winter Tires
Winters aren't usually exceptionally harsh in this area, and because of this, many people were caught unprepared for the winter weather this year. It's impossible to know how quickly this situation will resolve or how much worse the weather could get. In addition to the winter weather, there is also the possibility of spring slush and freezing. Because of that, you may want to consider winter tires.
2WD vs. 4WD Vehicles
Do you need a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle? With these unusual weather patterns, it may not be necessary to get a four-wheel drive car. But if you're already thinking about getting a new car, you might want to consider it. There's a lot that you can also do with tires, but four-wheel drive does offer more control.
Four-wheel drive cars have torque in each of their wheels, which means the car is being propelled across all of its wheels at once. Two-wheel drive cars just have two torqued wheels, so the car can potentially get stuck if some of its wheels are in mud, water or snow. But four-wheel drive isn't just about the torque — 4WD vehicles also tend to have better suspension.
As you can see, 4WD vehicles tend to be better for offroading and offer better safety, but that doesn't always make it the best choice.
Putting On Winter Tires
Winter tires offer better traction and better control. Even two-wheel drive cars can have their offroading capacity improved through a solid set of winter tires. Winter tires are far less expensive than other car modifications, such as improvements to suspension or purchasing a vehicle with 4WD. For most people, winter tires are going to give a significant enough improvement that more may not be necessary.
Winter tires are going to be able to grip the surface of the road far better, but they also need to be swapped out after the winter because they aren't usually suitable for general driving. Winter tires are made of a softer material than other types of tires, which means that it will conform to the road. But this also means they tend to wear down faster when the weather is not as bad. Winter tires are most commonly known as snow tires for this reason, as they perform best in snow and slush.
Does your car need winter tires or should you consider investing in 4WD? Auto Tek can help you make the determination today. Contact us today to find out more. Don't forget to subscribe to our blog for helpful tips sent directly to your inbox!