It’s that time of year again here in the Twin Cities. As the holidays wrap up and we move into the coldest part of winter, it’s time to start thinking about whether you should put winter tires on your vehicle.

In this post from Suburban Auto Body in Minnesota, we’re taking a closer look at the differences between winter tires and all-season tires to help you choose the right tires for your vehicle this winter. To connect with our auto body pros about your winter driving needs, give us a call today.

Should You Use All-Season Or Winter Tires?

Generally speaking, most new vehicles come with all-season tires these days. Although all-season tires are usually suitable for all seasons in most of the country, our weather in Minnesota tends to be a little more intense. Still, the hefty price tag of winter tires can give some drivers pause since you can expect to pay upwards of $600 for a new set.

If you primarily drive in the city where the roads stay clear through the winter’s toughest weather, you might feel like all-season tires are good enough. But are they? To make the best decision, it’s important to completely understand the options and weigh them carefully.

Understanding The Difference

The primary difference between all-season tires and winter tires is the tires’ performance in icy, snowy, and rainy winter weather. Winter tires, sometimes referred to as snow tires, are manufactured with a more pronounced tread pattern so you’ll experience better traction on the snow. This means better stopping power and safer turns even on the slickest winter streets.

Winter tires are also made of a different type of rubber that’s meant to be more pliable in the snow. And while all-weather tires can become rigid in the winter cold that can shorten their lifespan, snow tires are rated for continued performance in sub-zero temperatures.

Tips For Saving On Snow Tires

If you’re thinking of adding snow tires to your vehicle but you’re looking for ways to save, try these tips:

●        Mount your snow tires on a spare set of rims so they’re easier to install.

●        During the summer months, store your tires out of direct sunlight and avoid storing them in a hot garage.

●        Get all-season tires with a longer warranty.

Call Our Minnesota Auto Body Repair Shop

Even if you drive safely all winter long, there’s still a chance you’ll need auto body repair services. To connect with our auto body pros at Suburban Auto Body, give us a call at 651-633-8900 or connect with us online to get your free quote today.