Here in Jacksonville, Florida, we joke about getting snow each winter, but do you ever think that means you need actual snow tires for your car?
It’s an interesting question, and one we’ll discuss in today’s article. If you can’t answer it in confidence, come check out the facts with us below.
Now, tires aren’t just limited to all-season tires and snow tires like you might think. There are actually types such as touring tires, high-performance tires, rally tires and many more. There’s essentially a different type of tire for just about any activity you might be doing in a car.
Luckily, the tire name pretty much tells you exactly what they do, so the lingo is easy to pick up. Snow tires, for example, help you drive better in the snow. Touring tires are designed for smooth, quiet rides and are named for “grand tours,” or long road trips in vehicles, where you want comfort above all else. For our towing services throughout northeast Florida, we need a more heavy duty tire to help move the cars we lift and haul every day.
If you don’t remember asking for a specific type of tire when you last bought a set, or if you’re not sure what are on your car, most likely you have all-season tires. As the name suggests, these tires are the jack of all trades designed with water channels for wet roads but harder rubber to survive hot roads in the summer.
So Which Type Do I Need?
Like so many things cars, the answer is “it depends.” Our original question that brought us here was about snow tires, so let’s look at that first.
Though snow tires are named after the cold, white substance, they’re actually designed more for just wet roads and helping you with traction on wet roads. For actual snow, you put chains around your tire that help dig into the fluffy white powder.
When you start to think about snow tires as just “wet” tires or “water” tires, they start to make more sense. Florida, lightening capital of the United States, has a rainy season every summer that lasts anywhere between 2 and 5 months when the road is going to be slippery every day.
In that context, tires that help you grip could be worth it if you’re in one of the heavier-rainfall areas; the only problem is that snow (or water) tires aren’t designed with heat in mind. And in the summer when it rains, it’s also beating down the heat on the road.
Could they be helpful? Absolutely. If you notice your car hydroplaning a lot the specially designed tires could help move that water around your wheel in a safer, more secure way. But, if you’re putting 200+ miles on tires every summer day on a tire not built for it, there’s an increased chance of blowouts as you wear the rubber out faster.
It’s a conversation worth having with your mechanic or automobile dealership to get the best tire for your needs, but always remember, if your tire fails and you’re stranded on the road, ASAP Towing is just a phone call away!
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