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Drive safely regardless of the weather

When different weather hits our area, it is important to still be safe while driving. If weather changes a lot with the different seasons it is important to either change tires between seasons or have tires that can manage the full spectrum of weather that your area will experience during the year. The key is to be fully prepared for weather changes and make sure that you don’t jeopardize your safety by driving with the wrong tires when you have sudden weather changes.

If you are not heavily dependent on your car for everyday use you might be fine, but most of us depend on our cars for getting to work every day and will try to still drive despite challenging weather conditions. Most people don’t seem to realise how dangerous this really is; the tires that they believe should still work might have a very small chance of providing the safety features that you would expect from your car’s tires – including grip, control and stability.

Your tire choices will depend on where you live and what type of weather you might face during the year. The summer season doesn’t tend to be the problem, except when it rains, where it is important to have tires that can prevent aquaplaning. Here you need tires that have sufficient tread depth and have been designed to effectively channel the water away from the surface to ensure that the tire doesn’t lose contact with the road surface.

The tire choices will include changing between some proper winter tires aka snow tires and tires for the summer. If you are not in the habit of changing tires between the seasons and your winter season is not that harsh, a set of winter approved all-weather tires can be a good option. Tires are generally optimised for best performance during specific temperatures, so the winter tires perform better during winters and will wear out faster than anticipated. Tires that have been designed for warm weather will instead get hard once the temperature drops below the normal warm weather range and will not be able to provide the necessary grip that you will need for safe driving during the winter season, nor will it have the correct tread design to manage on ice and snow. So do make sure that you have the right tires on your car for the current and coming weather.

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