What is the benefit of winter tires?
West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Answer:
This is a really good question. Most new vehicles in Ukiah come with all-season tires that work pretty well in the Ukiah winter conditions many motorists encounter. First, let’s talk about the things that dedicated winter tires do really well, touch on all-seasons and then you should have some information to help you in your tire selection.
The first thing about winter is that it’s cold. The rubber compound used in summer and all-season tires gets a bit hard when CA temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter tires, on the other hand, stay more pliable as the thermometer drops in Ukiah. This means better dry road traction in the cold.
Ice and snow is the next thing Ukiah car owners worry about during CA winters. Now some CA drivers live where there is a lot of snow, a lot of the time. Extreme winter condition snow tires have a tread design that cuts into and expels deep snow for maximum traction. These tires have a mountain and snowflake icon on the sidewall of the tire.
If you live in CA where the ice and snow are more moderate you can still benefit from winter tires. Their tread has many small “cuts” called sipes that really help them get a grip on ice.
Now, all-season tires are a year-round compromise between high summer performance and high winter performance. They just don’t handle either extreme as well as do dedicated summer or winter tires for CA driving. For example, winter tires offer 25% to 50% more traction than all-season tires. And studies have shown that all-season tires can take upwards of 40% longer to stop than winter tires. This could be enough difference to prevent getting stuck or in an accident.
So what’s best for you? You can talk to your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair tire professional and look at the conditions in which you drive in CA throughout the year and how essential performance is to you. For many Ukiah auto owners that put a premium on handling performance, dedicated summer tires in summer and dedicated winter tires in the winter (for cold as well as ice and snow) are what they need to satisfy their performance needs. West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair will mount different tires depending on the season.
Your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair tire professional can help you opt for a great all-season tire if that is what best suits your needs. No matter which route you take, remember that quality tires are not immune to the laws of physics – so it's important to drive safely in all Ukiah road conditions.
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West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair
850 South State St
Ukiah, CA 95482
At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah CA (95482) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 707.462.6920. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.