Winter Driving FAQ: Do You Need Winter Tires?

Do You Need Winter Tires? | Anthony Buick GMC | Gurnee, IL

As we all know, winters in Gurnee, Illinois, can get pretty rough. While having a GMC with four-wheel drive or a Buick with intelligent all-wheel drive can certainly help, it might not be enough to ensure you have full control in the worst winter weather. Do you need winter tires? If you want superior confidence, the answer may be yes.

Why winter tires?

Winter tires are specifically engineered for handling cold, wintry weather. These tires use unique compounds and tread patterns to offer better traction when there’s snow or ice on the ground. That means you’ll be better equipped to avoid trouble when Old Man Winter starts causing havoc.

Can I used winter tires year-round?

Ideally, no. They should be swapped out for all-season or another type of tire when the temperature regularly rises above 45 degrees. Winter tires have decreased traction on dry roads and can change the handling and braking profile of your vehicle, so they’re best used during the one season.

What if I have all-terrain tires?

If you drive a rugged truck or SUV like the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4, your all-terrain tires should offer more traction than a conventional all-season tire because they’re made for tackling rough surfaces. They aren’t, however, made specifically for winter weather.

Do you have questions about your tires? The experts at Anthony Buick GMC in Gurnee, Illinois, are here to help. Give us a call if you’re looking for new tires and we’ll give you the best options for your needs.

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