Much has been made of the constant advancements made in tire technology. Whether it's enhanced tire compounds, better-engineered tread patterns, or run-flat features, it may seem that every set of tires is well-suited to perform in any type of driving condition.

While it's true that all-weather tires do an adequate job in all types of weather, they still suffer from the issue of trying to be a "jack of all trades." More often, this means they excel in summer driving, when road conditions are consistent. In the winter, though, these tires lack the features needed to help you own the road, especially in the most demanding situations.

What's the Difference?

A tire is a tire, right? Well, if you mean that all tires are made of a form of rubber, use tread to grip the road, and are round, then yes, a tire is just a tire. However, a winter tire has key differences from an all-weather tire that help it to shine when the weather turns nasty around Farmington Hills, Livonia, and Novi.

For example, the tread depth of a winter tire typically starts out around 12/32", while the tread depth of an all-weather tire typically starts out at 10/32". This extra 1/16" of tread depth is crucial for gripping the snow instead of sliding on top of it, causing you to lose control.

Additionally, the tread pattern of a winter tire is designed to grip and bite into snow and ice, pulling the vehicle forward instead of causing it to shake from side to side. On the other hand, all-weather tires are typically designed with a tread pattern that's designed to wick water up and away from the road, creating a dry and safe path to drive on. This pattern is perfect for rainy summer weather, but not so great for slick roads in the winter. Also, the rubber compounds used in winter tires are formulated to remain flexible, even when the temperatures are cold in Farmington Hills, MI. This flexibility allows for greater grip, ensuring a safer and more confident drive.

Be Ready

At Tom Holzer Ford, we are proud to offer a complete selection of winter tires for a wide variety of vehicles. Be sure to schedule an appointment to have winter tires installed on your vehicle before the weather outside is too frightful.

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