Winter tires, or snow tires, as some people call them, can be a big benefit in winter driving. They give your wheels a better grip on the road, which means you’ll have better traction, handling and braking.
There are two main differences between winter tires and your standard, all-weather tires. First, winter tires are made of a more pliable form of rubber than all-seasons. Rubber tends to get stiff when it’s cold. A stiff tire won’t flex to conform to the road. That means your tire has less contact with the road when it’s cold. Pliable snow tires do better meeting their surface against the road.
The other major difference is that snow tires have something called sipes. If you look at a snow tire up close, you’ll notice that in addition to the treads there are tiny little inlets (much thinner than the tread grooves). These are the sipes. The sipes Continue Reading