Do You Need Snow Tires?

January 18th, 2020 by

2016 Jeep® Patriot

The temperatures have dropped and yet the debate still rages hot among some folks: do you need snow tires when you can get a car, truck or SUV with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive? What about that tried-and-true sack of sand you keep in your trunk?

The experts at the Fernelius Service Center break it down for you:

Rubber and Treadwear

Even with the various additives, rubber is still a natural substance that responds differently based on temperature. It becomes harder and shrinks somewhat as temperatures drop and the performance degrades significantly because it cannot deform enough to grip the road surface.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed to remain pliable, or grippy, at temperatures well below 50 degrees. As you can imagine, that’s pretty important when you’re driving around in Cheboygan and nearby towns.

It simply doesn’t matter in cold and wintry conditions how power is managed to the wheels, but rather what is in contact with the road surface. The contact patch between each tire and the ground is roughly the size of your fist or a quart of milk if you drive a truck.

Each of the systems that we offer in our cars, trucks, and SUVs offer standout traction and all-weather capabilities in a variety of weather conditions, especially in our Jeeps and other off-road-ready options. But without the right tires, you won’t be able to take advantage of them in frigid conditions.

Get the Right Winter Tires at Fernelius Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Schedule an appointment with our service center using this easy form if you are looking for snow tires for your vehicle. If you’re considering a new vehicle, we’ll be happy to recommend options that pair well with the weather this time of year and all year-round.