Surprise! It’s Winter Tire Changeover Time.

It happens every year. The first snowstorm of the season reminds us that yes, in fact, we DO still live in New England.

Isn’t it funny how, year after year, some New Englanders are surprised when the first significant snowfall of the season blankets our landscape? It seems that after 4 or 5 months of gliding through the warmer months, folks totally forget what happened to them out on the roads last winter

Ignorance isn’t bliss…when you’re in a ditch.

Truth is, just like Christmas and Tax Day, winter IS coming. And unless you’re lucky enough to escape to warmer climates before the first flake hits the ground, you’re going to have to deal with it. That means driving around in less-than-ideal, slippery-when-wet, bridges-freeze-first, frost heave, low salt area, potentially hazardous road conditions from time to time too.

Most people have some basic understanding about what happens when something very heavy, going very fast, travels over a surface made slippery by snow and ice, and have some experience in driving in those slippery conditions. There’s some comfort in knowing that the driver next to you has actually made a snow angel in their lifetime.

Smarts aren’t always enough.

Familiarity is one thing,. being prepared and equipped with the right stuff to get you from point A to B during a Nor’easter is another. You can be the most experienced winter driver in the kingdom, but if you don’t have good tires on your vehicle, you’re still going nowhere once the roads get good and greasy.

The driving experts at AAA put it this way, “everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Drive slowly. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.”

You’d not only look foolish walking around wearing flip-flops in January, you’re also likely to slip and fall. In the same way, without winter tires, chances are your vehicle feels just as unprepared on the road. So when it comes time to ditch your sandals and Crocs for boots and socks, it’s also time to changeover your summer cruising tires for a winter tire with the traction you need to keep you safely between the lines this winter.

Winter tires are for winter driving.

As the guys over at CarTalk will tell you, “If you really, truly need to get around before the streets are plowed, four top-quality snow tires are the single best thing you can do.”

Today, a wide variety of winter snow tires are available to fit any driving condition, any type of vehicle, and any budget. From studdable tires that offer the best traction for extreme driving conditions to non-studdable treads that easily outperform any ‘all season’ tire, you’ll feel safer – all season long – wearing a set of snows that you know are built for the job.

Winter tires typically feature a more open tread pattern that helps to evacuate snow, slush and ice. Winter tires are designed to provide maximum traction and stopping ability. They are made with special rubber compounds that keep the tire flexible in cold temperatures. This flexibility helps the tire maintain more contact with the road, greatly improving the driver’s control.

Sticky, smooth and nearly silent.

The best part is, until you need them, you’ll hardly know that you’re vehicle is wearing snow tires. The advanced tread designs on todays’ winter tires are constantly being tweaked and improved to deliver the traction you need with an increasingly quiet ride. These are NOT your grandfather’s tank-like ‘ka-chunk ka-chunk’ klunkers.

So, before you head out to camp, sled, ski, or skate this winter, consider putting some new rubber on your car, truck, SUV, or minivan. Doing so before Thanksgiving or whenever the first snowstorm flies up the east coast, will save you a lot of time and stress.

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