Why You Need Winter Tires

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Yokohama “Tire Tips” video shows the importance of running dedicated winter treads


Traction is a critical component of snow plowing situations.

“One of the most common questions we get asked at Yokohama is whether a driver really needs winter tires,” says Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC)  digital marketing and PR manager Theresa Palang.

“Many people have all-season tires on their vehicles, which is fine for most conditions.  However, they may not be the best choice in serious winter circumstances. That’s when winter tires become a necessity.”

According to Nate Ortega, YTC’s performance marketing specialist, a key difference between the two tires is in their compound, which is specifically designed to remain pliable at colder temperatures, allowing it to better conform to the road for better traction in all conditions. 

“Winter tires additionally have an advantage due to their special, condition-specific design,” he said. 

“The iceGUARD iG51v, for example, YTC’s latest winter tire, has 3D-shaped sipes that interlock for greater biting edges and improve stability on the road. The iG51v also has zig-zag groove edges to evacuate water quickly and minimize the risk of hydroplaning.”

“All-season tires may be enough if you live in a part of the U.S. that sees only light snow and moderately cold temperatures,” said Palang.  

“But if you live in a part of the country where temperatures frequently drop below 32 degrees, investing in winter tires is a wise decision.”