It’s not even Halloween yet but snow has already blanketed some parts of the United States. In fact, if you live anywhere on the eastern seaboard, there’s a good chance you’re about to experience something that doesn’t come around too often: a hurricane turned Nor’easter. You read that correctly; Hurricane Sandy is currently barreling towards the east coast and it’s bringing gusts in excess of 70 mph along with it. That’s not the only thing it’s bringing though as meteorologists believe Sandy could bring blinding snow squalls just for good measure. What this means for you is that winter driving is coming and if your vehicle isn’t equipped with the right set of tires, it can get really messy out there.
In today’s installment of Video of the Day, Theresa Palang, manager of public relations for Yokohama Tires, and Nate Ortega, a performance marketing specialist, talk about the differences between all-season and snow tires. While Yokohama isn’t the only tire company that makes a winter rubber, the company does talk about why winter tires are different than all-season tires, including the different treads each uses. As Ortega says in the video, the major difference between the two is in the tire compound. Winter tires are made to remain pliable even in winter temperatures allowing traction to still exist. Palang and Ortega go into further detail about the differences between both tires in the video so check it out below.
If you live in an area that experiences winter conditions, do you switch over to a set of snow tires after the season’s first snowfall? Or do you just use one set of tires all year round? Tell us about it in the comment section below.