One of the biggest questions we hear is whether you should get winter tires or run with all-season tires through the winter. Whether you drive a truck or a car, you should have winter tires during the winter. While all-season tires are okay for the winter, they do not grip as well as all-season tires. You should put winter tires on sometime in the middle of November and put the all-season tires back on in the spring – after the last snow, which is usually after Easter. If Easter comes early, you may want to wait until at least the end of April.
The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires
Winter tires have a softer tread which makes them able to provide better traction for braking and cornering in the snow. While driving is about the same as all-season tires, you definitely need the extra grip in cornering, especially if you are driving on curvy roads. Since you should double your following distance during the winter, braking is also an issue. Even with winter tires, you should double your following distance if the roads are a mess.
Changing the Tires
While it might be a hassle to change tires twice a year, it's a lot safer. And, if you don't want to remove the tires from the rims, put the all-season tires on your “good” alloy rims and find a cheap set of rims for the winter tires. Not only will it be much easier to change the tire and wheel, but you also save your alloy tires from the harsh chemicals used to melt snow and ice.
Also, don't leave the winter tires on for too long in the spring. The warmer temperatures make the softer tread wear out faster. Winter tires need to be removed as soon as possible once the weather starts to warm up.
Many people balk at having two sets of tires. Granted, you'll be putting out some extra money the first year, but you won't have to replace the all-season tires as fast as you would if you were to use them year round. Instead of a set of all-season tires lasting a few years, they'll last twice as long since you're using them only half of the time.
Store the set of tires not in use in a dark place. You could even wrap them in black plastic to reduce oxidation. Store the tires in a corner of the garage or even in the basement. If the basement is damp or sometimes floods, keep the tires wrapped in black plastic and up off the ground.
Visit Cambridge Truck
If you are considering a truck because you need something to haul items for your spring projects, stop by Cambridge Truck to test drive any of the trucks on our lot. Even if your credit isn't the best, we have financing options so that you can have the truck that you have been looking for.