Do You Need Winter Tires On Your AWD Vehicle?
Winter is coming quickly and if you live anywhere in the snowy badlands of the U.S., the right winter tires mounted on your All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle is a smart pairing. This combo will help keep you from sliding all over town for the next several months.
AWD systems add considerable weight to vehicles. The extra weight provides control and traction needed for driving in the snow, but this also increases the braking distance required to make a complete stop. Although AWD vehicles are great to use on snowy days, with the addition of winter tires, these vehicles are better at stopping in wintertime hazardous conditions.
That's not all. AWD vehicles provide power to all four wheels using front, rear, and center differentials. They work fine in places where snow falls frequently, but most choose to not add winter tires when they should. Winter tires have deeper grooves to channel the snow and keep the tire in contact with the road in bad weather. They're made of rubber compounds formulated to grip in conditions where your all-season tires just won't dig in.
It is very important that you keep you and yours safe on the roads this winter. Make sure that if you need winter tires on your AWD vehicle that you add them this year.