Five Reasons Why You Should Invest in Snow Tires for Your Hyundai
Your Hyundai came equipped with what are called “all-season” tires. But all-season is really a misnomer, because those tires just aren’t adequate for driving in cold weather and snowy, icy conditions.
The difference in stopping distance on snowy pavement between all-season and winter/snow tires is dramatic. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, on snowy pavement, going 60 mph, stopping distance with winter/snow tires is 310 feet. Under the same conditions, at the same speed, stopping distance with all-season tires is 668 feet.
Here’s why winter/snow tires are a good investment:
- Special rubber formulas – winter/snow tires are manufactured out of high-tech rubber compounds that stay flexible in very cold weather. This means that the tire grips the road much better and gives you better traction, not just on ice and snow but even on bare pavement when temperatures are frigid.
- Special tread – Your all-season tires look sturdy enough, but look at them side-by-side with winter/snow tires. The tread is heavier, deeper and has many more edges – called “sipes” that allow it to grip better. According to a Bridgestone tire expert quoted in this usnews.com story, Do I Need Snow Tires, “They are very cut up, and that’s on purpose. We like to trap some snow in the treat pattern for enhanced grip. The snow that we trap in there provides enhanced grip.”
- All-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive isn’t enough – According to Consumer Reports, their subscribers reported in a survey that winter/snow tires are “beneficial, whether they have a two-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive car or SUV.”
- The Colorado Passenger Vehicle Traction Law – Most standard all-weather or all-season tires are not adequate in adverse weather conditions. “During an active Traction Law (also known as a Code 15), motorists must have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread (here’s how to tell). You can also install chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock) to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren’t adequate.”
- You may actually save money in the long run – By switching all-season tires for winter/snow tires you extend the life of your Hyundai’s original rubber. And with better control you’re likely to avoid accidents that will result in costly repairs and /or higher insurance rates.
At Schomp Hyundai on Havana, we know tires. Our experts can help you select the right winter/snow tires for your vehicle, whether it’s 2WD or AWD. We’re here to help you, so give us a call.