Do I Need Winter Tires in Maryland?

September 15, 2016


With fall quickly approaching you may be looking ahead and preparing for winter and that first dusting of snow here in Maryland. One thing you’ll want to pay extra attention to is your car going into fall. Routine maintenance should be done on your car before the temperatures drop, and your tires should be thoroughly inspected for any wear. But is there more that needs to be done for your tires as the temperatures start to drop? All season, or winter tires are one option to consider going into the snowy season here in Maryland. Let’s look at what makes winter tires different, as well as whether or not they are beneficial in Maryland.

The Difference

Winter tires, or snow tires are specifically designed to better handle the cold, ice and snow. Snow tires are made of higher quality rubber allowing them to grip the road better, especially with low temperatures and snow and ice. Because of the superior rubber snow tires have a deeper tread, and sometimes even have studs in them to help grip the snow covered road better than all season tires. Snow tires also have better braking capability on icy roads, helping to prevent the loss of control and accidents. While snow tires are clearly superior in extremely cold and snowy areas, they tend to wear down faster than regular all season tires because they are made of a softer rubber meant for gripping the road. Snow tires also do more damage to the road than all season tires, wearing down the asphalt quicker.

Maryland Weather Considerations

Here in Maryland our winters can be all over the place. While one week we may have two or three feet of snow, the next could be unseasonably warm. In general, Maryland winters don’t call for snow tires, and all season tires should serve the average driver just fine.

Personal Considerations

So how do you decide which type of tire will best meet your needs? First, do you spend a considerable amount of time driving in the snow? Many professions require workers to be on time and in the office no matter what the weather is, such as medical professionals and emergency responders. Teachers, on the other hand, rarely need to drive to work in the snow, and therefore may have no need for snow tires. Another thing to consider is the areas you will be driving in. If you live in a very hilly and wooded area, snow tires can help you get in and out of your neighborhood during and after a snowstorm. If you live in a highly developed area on the other hand, and drive primarily on main roads, all season tires should do the job.

In general winter tires aren’t necessary for most people living in Maryland, but in some cases that can be beneficial. When trying to decide take your profession, your comfort level driving in the snow, and the areas you are driving into consideration. Choisser Import Auto Services has recently re-invested in new tire equipment that we use to help our customers and their cars prepare for Maryland’s harsh winter. Choisser Import Auto Services can get any tire brand, but we promote Michelin and Hankook brands because we believe them to be the highest quality.

If you are unsure about what kind of tires you need heading into winter, or you are interested in switching over to winter tires, call us at Choisser IAS today!

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