Do You Need to Buy Winter Tires?

With the dropping temperatures, your mind is already turning to your daily commute. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need to buy winter tires for your vehicle. If you want the most confidence possible, here’s why winter tires are a safe bet.

Winter tires utilize different tread designs and winter-specific rubber compounds to put you in the best position come December and January. Anyone who lives in an area where temperatures drop below 45 degrees during the winter would be smart to buy winter tires, as their groove patterns prevent hydroplaning and keep you squarely on the road.

All-season tires do not provide the same confidence and security in frigid conditions as winter tires. The glass-transition temperature of an all-season tire is higher than that of a winter tire, meaning your winter tire stays grippy and soft for longer.

It is not advisable to only buy two winter tires for the rear or front wheels of your car. The disparity in traction between the two ends of your car could cause the end without winter tires to swerve out of control. The safest decision for Kentuckians in the winter is to equip your car with four winter tires.

If you want to meet winter head-on with a new-to-you vehicle, stop by Chip Wynn Motors and check out our vast selection of high-quality used vehicles.

5 Easy Tips for Driving in the Snow

tips for driving in the snow

Though we’re considered a southern state, winter can get a little bit snowy—and even icy—here in Paducah, Kentucky. As your resident car experts, the team at Chip Wynn Motors wanted to offer a few tips for driving in the snow this winter to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It’s all about the tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread going into the winter. Check the pressure regularly.

Easy on the gas

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction. On top of that, stick to a lower speed on snowy or icy roads—or even roads that just look wet. Slick roads mean a longer braking distance, so lower speeds can keep you from rear-ending someone.

Keep your distance

Speaking of rear-ending, avoid collisions by putting more distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Beware of hills

Make sure you have some momentum when approaching a hill, but don’t slam on the gas, as that will just cause your wheels to spin. Never stop while driving uphill, and reduce your speed when going over top of the hill to ensure a slow descent.

Stay home

If at all possible, don’t drive in bad winter weather. Just stay home and enjoy the comfy couch and some hot chocolate. When the weather clears up, come visit Chip Wynn Motors to find your next vehicle.