Winter is the season that challenges drivers the most. Snow, sleet and ice make dangerous commutes that will test the traction on tires. So it makes sense to switch to winter tires when the temperature drops and the chance for accumulation rises.
When the mercury drops, the rubber used on tires hardens, becoming less able to offer traction to grip the road. Winter tires are designed to remain flexible and offer deeper tread depths to reduce snow and slush buildup.
We suggest the drivers could install winter tires for 4 wheels, because using snow tires only on the front means your back tires won’t have as much grip, causing your car to fishtail or spin out when cornering or braking. Likewise, installing winter tires only on the rear means the wheels that do the steering won’t grip as well as those that provide the power to your car. The result is a loss of steering control and overall handling that could lead to a collision. The safest option is to always install four winter tires.
Also do not use your winter tires year-round, because it’s not what they were designed for. The pliable rubber that increases traction in cold weather is too soft to offer crisp driving performance and response when the temperature rises. The softer tread will also wear down faster in warmer weather, which means you’ll have to replace your tires more often – and that means you’re costing yourself more money in the long run.