Why You Need Winter Tires

Even if you have awd or 4x4 winters tires are a must

10/17/2017

Winter Tires are a Necessity

4WD and AWD Won’t Cut it Alone

Oftentimes owners of vehicles with four wheel drive or all wheel drive don’t feel like they should swap out to winter tires during the winter months, but that isn’t the case. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it’s worth swapping to winter tires. Four wheel drive vehicles require more traction to come to a stop or to turn a corner than two wheel drive vehicles. This difference is mostly due to 4WD vehicles weighing more. Four wheel drive makes it easier to accelerate on icy and slippery conditions, but it doesn’t always provide enough traction to stop in a pinch.

What about Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction Control Systems?

These days most new vehicles come equipped with a combination of anti-lock brakes, traction control, but don’t let those put you into a false sense of security either. ABS, traction control, and vehicle stability systems do not provide more traction for your vehicle. Those safety features change your vehicle’s braking, acceleration and cornering capabilities, but using the traction of your current tires.

Winter Tires Provide Needed Traction for Winter Months

Once you’ve tried driving down an icy road with a good set of winter tires, you’ll never want to go back to touring or all-season tires during the winter months. The additional control and traction provided by winter tires is easily felt and worth the additional set of tires.

4WD, Safety Features, and Winter Tires Work Best Combined for Winter Driving

For a safer driving experience all winter long consider driving a lifted truck or SUV with 4WD/AWD, ABS and traction control, and winter tires. Each of those features will work off one another to create a safer driving experience during the winter months. Keep in mind, you still need to be a safe driver and keep up on vehicle maintenance.

Is Your Lifted Truck Ready for Winter

Important Fluids You Can Check Yourself

Is it Time to Replace Your Brake Pads

Does Your Lifted Truck Need an Alignment?

So what are you waiting for? Check out the online inventory of used trucks in Olympia, then visit South Sound Trucks to test drive the truck of your dreams and find a new weekend warrior to hit the trails with.