WINTER TIRES AND TREAD DEPTH
Winters in West Michigan can be rough and the lake-effect snow can seem endless. The wind, drifts, and snow can lead to hazardous conditions on the road and it is important to be as prepared as possible.
That’s why making sure your tires have enough tread depth is imperative to driving in snow, rain, or icy conditions. The tread depth recommendation for driving on snowy or icy roads is a minimum of 5/32”-6/32”. Winter tires typically come with a tread depth of 10/32”-11/32” and are considered ideal for winter driving. They are made of a very soft rubber compound that stays flexible even when the temperature starts to drop. This provides more control and better handling when the roads get dicey.
Winter tires also have unique tread patterns and wider grooves that enhance traction on ice and snow. They also have deeper sipes, or slits in the tread that cut through slush and water better than other tire types. Having good tire grip is crucial in snowy and icy conditions. Winter tires help ensure that the vehicle will steer and stop more efficiently.
While winter tires help driving in the ice and snow, it is also important to drive for the conditions. Drive slowly and with the utmost caution. While driving with winter tires gives you maximum traction, grip, and control, and enhances braking performance, it is important to drive in a controlled manner and to always allow for an increased stopping distance.
So remember, check your tread depth, and use those winter tires. They are the safest way to make it anywhere in Michigan when the snow falls. If you’re in need of new tires don’t forget about Berger’s Tire Price Match Guarantee! If you find a better price in 30 days, we’ll refund the difference. Stay warm and drive safe West Michigan!