Buying Winter Tires for Staying Safe This Time of Year

Winter Tires - Sunny King Honda

Winter tires aren’t just for those who live in the icy tundra; they’re also great for anyone who experiences winter. While Alabama isn’t exactly known for its harsh winter season, there are still several reasons you should consider buying winter tires this year when the thermometer starts to dip.

Tire Treads

According to the Chronicle Herald, one of the obvious advantages of winter tires is that they have thick treads. These treads are great for slippery surfaces, whether it’s snow and ice or simply rain. It can’t hurt to have a little added control on the road this winter. With the proper winter tires, you can stop 30 feet sooner than with normal tires.

Next, winter tires also come with special patterns and channels to divert water. Thanks to these treads, your winter tires can prevent hydroplaning from occurring, which is important to prevent a loss of control behind the wheel. No more slipping and sliding on wet surfaces.

Year Round Temperatures

Finally, winter tires aren’t just for precipitation. Built with special rubber compounds, winter tires are designed to hold up in colder temperatures. With summer tires, for example, the rubber may become hard and stiff. However, winter tires remain flexible to maintain handling even when it gets cold.

Still not sure if winter tires are right for you? Visit Sunny King Honda to speak with an automotive expert about the wide range of tire options that are available to you.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Whether you’re a new driver or veteran driver, it’s always important to review how to drive in winter weather. Road conditions can change suddenly, and it’s easy to lose focus, especially if the road seems clear. Take these winter driving tips from us here at Sunny King Honda. You’ll be glad you did!

  1. Slow Down! It takes longer to stop in winter, especially if the roads are covered with ice or snow. Keep a safe distance (seven to 10 car lengths, if possible) and stay aware of your surroundings. You never know when the person in front of you will hit the brakes.
  2. Follow Plows. While you may not want to get smacked with snow, it’s important not to pass snow plows. Considering the plow itself extends about 10 feet on either side of the truck, odds are you may not be able to pass anyway. The road behind the plow is always better than the road in front. Take your time and let the plow take care of business.
  3. Watch the Weather. Knowledge is power so knowing what to expect when you walk out the door every morning is the best weapon you have. Winter weather can change suddenly so keeping up to date will keep you on the road (or off of it) and safe!