The Advantages of Winter Tires Over All-Season Tires

January 5th, 2015 by

Advantages of Winter Tires

Do You Really Need Winter Tires on Your BMW?

Here at BMW of North Haven, we know a thing or two about snow, and seeing as we deal with BMW vehicles on a daily basis, it’s safe to say that we know about cars as well. Temperatures continue to drop, and as they aren’t likely to pick back up for a while, we thought it would be useful to take a look at the benefits of winter tires and whether or not you should consider picking up a set of them for your BMW.

Do you really need winter tires on your BMW? Well, the simple answer is yes. If you live in an area that is often plagued by colder temperatures and snow-covered roads that are typically sheeted in ice, chances are that you are going to want to swap out your all-season tires for a set of winter ones. Even if you have a all-wheel drive BMW, if you want to maximize performance in all conditions, you’ll want winter tires.

Most people believe that just because power is sent to all four of the wheels that they are protected from common winter issues such as wheel slip. That, of course, is not true. It doesn’t matter how many of the wheels are spinning if the rubber is not able to grip anything. Winter tires are made to increase traction in the snow and on the ice. They have treads that are engineered to expel snow, and sipes that dig into all of the slippery stuff and give your tires the grip that you need to travel down any road with confidence.

This is not to say that all-season tires are altogether terrible. As the name implies, they are made to last throughout the entire year, but the downside of that is that their capabilities are more limited. All-season tires are good at a lot of different things, but there isn’t really anything that they excel in as they are made to be diverse. Winter tires, on the other hand, are really great at a few things. A few are all they need to be great at however, as winter weather conditions are always the same, making them easy to prepare for.

Another one of the deciding factors in whether or not you need winter tires on your car has to do with the climate that you live in. If snow is a common site like it is in Connecticut, you’re going to want to invest in the winter-friendly footwear for your BMW. As we said, all-wheel drive can be effective, but you should never rely on it completely. A rear-wheel drive BMW with winter tires is going to be far more useful than an all-wheel drive model with all-season tires. Just watch the video below to see for yourself.

If you have any questions about the need for winter tires or want to get a set of them installed on your BMW, be sure to get in touch with us at BMW of North Haven. We’re always more than happy to help.

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