You already know the value that tires can provide with regard to stopping power, traction, and control. For those who are relying on all season tires or haven’t yet replaced their tires for the winter season, here are three important things to know about winter tread for your Beemer.
Shallow tread is dangerous.
As tires get worn down, the tread becomes shallower. As a result, it isn’t moving water through the tread is effectively. That leads to an increased risk of hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning is a condition in which the vehicle is separated from the road surface by the water. This is common on areas where there is standing water.
Shallow tread can also be dangerous for winter driving conditions because it won’t help the vehicle maintain control or traction on the surface during a snowfall.
All season tires are not the same as winter tires.
If you look at the tread lines of winter tires, you will likely notice a lot of jagged edges in the tread itself. That is designed to help improve traction in certain conditions, such as snow.
All season tires have a tendency to be straighter with fewer jagged edges. These all season tires may be great for rainy conditions, but they’re not the best option for winter driving.
You don’t have to get rid of your all season tires.
When you get winter tires installed on your BMW, you can store your good, all season tires in a garage or storage shed. This will allow you to replace your winter tires in the spring, keeping them for the next season ahead. This is a great way to save money and encourage switching to winter tread.