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Webster, NY 14580
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Are Winter Tires Really Necessary?

When we ask our customers why they would hesitate to purchase winter tires, the answer almost always has to do with expense. As with every large purchase, our clients want to know winter tires are actually 100% necessary. So why do we stress winter tires every winter?

The Quick Answer

The quick answer is: it depends.

Before purchasing winter tires, you need to first consider your geographic location and common weather conditions. Southern residents probably don’t give winter tires a second thought. But considering Rochester, NY was listed among the coldest cities in the United States during December, January, and February, we believe the data speaks for itself – if you live this far north, you’d be safest purchasing winter tires.

What Makes Winter Tires so Great?

Winter tires are manufactured with a specific design capable of handling rough winter weather conditions, including black ice, snow, debris, and sludge. Unlike all-season, all-weather, or summer tires, winter tires include a rubber compound that allows the tire to stay flexible despite sub-freezing temperatures. Other rubbers become brittle and lose traction with the road.

Winter tires also include deep tread blocks that prevent snow buildup on the tire. In addition, they contain more sipes – little notches in the rubber that get better traction by biting the snow and ice. These two components offer better control, cornering, and stopping at highway speeds despite slippery road conditions.

Do You Really Need All FOUR Winter Tires?

If you install winter tires only on the front of your vehicle, you’ll end up in a rear-end skid since the back doesn’t have any traction. If you put winter tires only on the rear, your front wheels will lose the ability to steer correctly. All-wheel-drive doesn’t change the situation. For your own safety, YES, you really do need all FOUR winter tires.

If You Want our Last Word …

In conclusion, winter tires are definitely worth the investment if you live near Rochester, New York. Come visit Tire World in Webster and we can show you the difference in tread pattern and sipe construction. If you have any further concerns, call 585.671.4120 and we’d be happy to answer any questions.

Written on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by
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Tire World goes above and beyond its name. Not only does it provide a wide selection of the most highly rated tires available, but Tire World Auto Service Center also handles car repairs and brake services for anyone located near or around Webster, New York. We strive to make excellent customer service our business’ number one provision. Our auto repair mechanic team in Webster is professionally trained. They specialize in a wide range of mechanical service for passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs. They can also offer well-informed advice on tire selection and efficient installation. We hope to pursue our reputation as the best auto repair shop in Webster NY by offering under-car services, including oil changes, struts, shocks, alignment, brakes, and transmission fluid flush for domestic and foreign automobiles at fair prices.

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