It’s that time of year when the days feel almost like spring but at night, the temperatures drop almost to freezing. So, when should you switch from summer to winter tires?
It’s a bit hard to make decisions these days. When you get up, it’s really cold – temperatures in the 30s and 40s – but by the end of the day, you’re stripping off jackets and sweaters so you can be cool after temperature climb into the 60s and even the 70s.
It’s not just your clothing that requires thought. It’s also your car’s tires because you’re not sure if it’s time to switch your tires to winter tires.
It can be hard to match your tire to the season when the “season” seems to go from winter to spring in the space of a few hours. But tire manufacturer Continental offers some suggestions:
- When the seasonal temperature falls below 7 °C (46 °F), it’s time to switch to winter tires.
- When seasonal temperatures climb above 7 °C (46 °F), fit your wheels with summer tires.
If you’re wondering what all the hoopla is and whether it’s necessary to switch, Continental offers these points:
- Winter tires perform well in all cold weather conditions, ranging from snow and ice to wet and cold dry roads.
- Summer tires deliver high grip levels on wet and dry roads, high stability in curves, and optimal mileage performance at warm temperatures.
- All-season tires offer safety, performance, and grip in moderate climates without the cost, effort, and time required for seasonal tire changes.
“The weather changes throughout the year, which affects driving conditions on the road,” Continental says. “Your vehicle will benefit from having tires fitted to the wheels that are specifically intended for your driving habits and regional weather conditions. In some countries, winter tires are even a legal requirement.”
If you’re not sure whether winter tires are for you or your car, have a discussion with a trusted Wichita tire specialist like those at Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s tire experts can help you decide what’s best for you, your car, and your driving needs. While you’re talking to your Tracy’s pro, be sure to ask about Tracy’s tire specials.
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.
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