Swapping general tires for winter tires in Minnesota is a common task, but there may be more options than just making this simple switch. Many tire companies make all-season and all-weather tires, but which ones are best suited for winter driving in Blaine? This tire comparison will guide you in making an informed decision.
All-Season tires: In reality, all-season tires are three-season tires. While they may work well during spring and summer temperatures, they won’t do a great job when snow begins to fall, or temperatures drop. All-seasons typically feature a straighter tread than their winter and all-weather counterparts and can grip well in hot or moderate weather as well as repel water when raining. Unfortunately, these tires lack sufficient grip or rubber to handle significant snowfall, ice or freezing temperatures.
All-Weather tires: Although all-weather and all-season may appear similar, they are distinct. All-weather tires tend to perform better during shoulder seasons than their seasonal counterparts due to sections of their tread that are straighter than others and blockier like winter tires. These tires can be used during milder winter conditions as a mix between all-season and winter tires; we suggest winter tires due to Minnesota’s often harsh winters.
Winter Tires: Do I Need Winter Tires? If you live in Minnesota, yes. All-season tires are safer than their summer counterparts, but winter tires offer greater reliability and security when driving through snow, slush, or water. Winter tires have thicker treads with more aggressive grooves designed to allow snow and water to pass through them for maximum traction. These tires are softer and can be used on cold days for the best grip on ice. All-season and all-weather tires’ harder rubber won’t slide on cold pavement like winter tires will, while providing good grip in cold conditions; however, their soft rubber will wear quickly if exposed to excessive heat – this is why winter tires should be swapped out for summer ones in springtime.
Rim options: It is wise to have extra winter tires on hand in case one set doesn’t work out as expected, making changing them easier and more convenient with Clark Automotive’s tire changing service – meaning it will cost less money each season to have your tires changed.
Clark Automotive offers a selection of winter tires and can assist you in purchasing another set. Don’t wait to get stuck or slide on the roads – contact us at (763) 784-7944 to find the right tires for your vehicle. Alternatively, make an appointment for us to install them for you.