Discount Tire Advises Motorists to Switch to Winter Tires for Better Road Traction this Season: Choosing the right tires is important for safe road travel especially when driving in temperatures below 45 degrees
Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) December 22, 2009 -- The fall and winter seasons usually usher in thoughts of chilly air, snowy-white landscapes and the holidays. However, the severe winter weather makes for dangerous driving conditions in many parts of the country. Discount Tire, the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer, reminds motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter by replacing their all-season tires with winter season tires before the mercury drops below 45 degrees. Winter tires deliver much better traction as well as improve handling and control in cold temperatures making them the best choice for winter driving.
All-season tires are not designed for severe winter weather. Their tread designs are less effective at helping drivers maintain control in winter conditions because they can accumulate material like snow and ice in the treads and they lose their flexibility in temperatures below 45 degrees. These factors can negatively affect tire traction, vehicle handling and braking distance.
According to Discount Tire, it's best to use tires that are specifically designed for the road and weather conditions that motorists will be driving in. Today's winter season tires are much more technologically advanced and safer than "snow" tires of the past. Chemical compounds in the tire help them maintain flexibility in temperatures below 45 degrees and special tread designs channel away materials keeping more rubber connected to the road.