Unsure if it makes sense to switch to winter tires this year? The Wichita tire specialists at Tracy’s Automotive can help you make the right decision.
In some ways, it seems the year 2020 has dragged on and will never end. Then, suddenly, we’re past Thanksgiving and staring winter weather and the winter holidays, like Christmas, in the eye. Winter weather in Wichita means heavy coats and maybe even sweaters for short-haired dogs. Colder weather also means changes for your car. Things like tire changes from summer or all-season to winter, or snow, tires.
After thinking about winter tires, many drivers follow up that thought with the questions – should I get winter tires and are winter tires really worth it?
The answer is that, it depends.
“Tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, and it’s crucial that these four contact points maintain grip. For many drivers that means swapping the usual all-season tires for winter ones that are especially suited for snowy, slick roads. Is that something you should do?” marketwatch.com asks. “The short answer is: If you live in the snow belt or parts of the country that experience freezing temperatures for about four months out of the year, then yes. If that’s you, swapping to winter tires from December to mid-April is a good idea.’
That’s because all-season, or summer tires, don’t provide enough road grip in really cold weather. That general statement might not provide enough help for a specific driver to make a decision about his or her situation. The best thing to do is find a trusted Wichita tire pro, like the tire technicians at Tracy’s Automotive, and discuss your situation and options with them.
If you opt not to get winter tires, it’s a good idea to take some other precautions as the cold season approaches. In particular, marketwatch.com suggests “you check your tread to make sure your tires aren’t balding or worn down, make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level (most cars have a sticker in the driver’s door panel with such information), and that you keep extra space between you and the car ahead. Rain and slick roads make stopping take longer.”
While you’re at Tracy’s Automotive, check into our specials, like free road hazard protection on a set of four tires.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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