When to Put on Winter Tires

Car tires on winter road covered with snow

Routinely maintaining your vehicle’s tires is crucial to its overall health, as well as your safety and the safety of other Jersey City drivers. This is especially important when seasonal shifts start to occur. Knowing when to put on winter tires simply takes keeping an eye on the local weather report. Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees celsius and remains at these degrees consistently, this is a good indicator that it’s time to switch to winter tires. The team at Jaguar Englewood will help guide you on proper cold-weather tire care so you can have peace of mind while on the road in Englewood. Learn more below! 

Why are Winter Tires Important?

If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s important to use winter tires because they reduce tension and improve traction. Check out these additional characteristics of winter tires that make them crucial during harsh weather conditions:

  • Better Stability: Since winter tires are made of a softer material, they conform to Fort Lee roads better, enhancing your vehicle’s stability.
  • Improved Traction: As opposed to all-season tires, winter tires can provide up to 20 percent better snow traction.
  • More Flexible: Winter tires are much more pliable during cold weather, while all-season tires and performance tires tend to get stiff in low temperatures–meaning you’ll have to order new tires.

What Should Tire Pressure be in Winter? 

Maintaining good tire pressure is important all year round, but you’re probably wondering, “what should tire pressure be in winter?”. It’s important to keep in mind that tires lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) or pressure per month, simply from air seeping through the tread and rims. This depletes the tire’s air pressure and can be even more impacted once the temperature drops. Here are some additional things to consider:

  • When the temperature drops 10 degrees Fahrenheit, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure.
  • Jaguar Englewood recommends keeping your tires within 5 PSI of the recommended pressure. If your vehicle doesn’t have a TPMS, you can purchase a tire pressure gauge from our parts department.

Difference between All-Season Tires vs. Snow Tires vs. Snow Tires

While many New York City drivers think that winter tires are just “snow tires,” winter tires are extremely versatile and can handle varying weather conditions from snow to cold, wet, and dry. Winter tires are also designed to stay soft below 50 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the rubber from cracking, so even if you don’t live in an area where it snows, winter tires are a great investment. 

We’re often asked “are all-season tires good for snow?” and when it comes to all-season or all-weather tires, they don’t perform as well as winter tires. Rubber technologies haven’t been developed such that any one set of tires performs its best from a temperature of freezing up to 100 degrees. So when it comes to all-weather tires, they will either have a similar tire temperature rating to summer tires, or a temperature rating closer to winter tires, but not both. Since winter tires are equipped to handle bitter cold weather conditions, they are the best option for winter driving.

Visit Jaguar Englewood for Your Maintenance Needs

If you want to learn more about the recommended tire pressure for winter, or want to acquire a new set of tires, visit Jaguar Englewood for all of vehicle maintenance needs. Just go online to schedule an appointment and don’t’ forget to browse our service specials to get deals on your car service. 

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