Your Wheelhouse for Seasonal Tires
Four patches of rubber are all that keep your car on the road. To maintain control, you need tires that provide the optimum amount of friction. For advice on tires and all of your automotive needs, visit the experts at Ken Towery. We offer seasonal tires from brands you trust at affordable prices. Bring us the competition's price in writing, and we'll beat it—now, and up to 1 year after the sale.
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Seasonal Tires 101:
Every tire is a compromise. The manufacturers design their product lines with specific road surface, weather, and performance characteristics in mind. That's why there are so many makes and models to choose from. Even so, the three main types offer advantages and disadvantages that change with the seasons.
These tires are designed for optimum performance during cold weather. They feature:
- Soft rubber composition
- Flexible sidewall construction
- Best traction on cold pavement (below 45 degrees)
- Best snow and ice performance
- Best cold resistance
Winter tires hold the road in cold temperatures, not just in snow. The softer rubber retains its grip and
shortens stopping distances, even on bare pavement. Of course, the treads are designed to dig
into and then release snow. In warm weather, the soft rubber loses its grip and wears like a
Note: Tires branded with the abbreviation "M+S" and the Mountain Snowflake symbol
meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association definitions for severe snow conditions.
Summer tires are designed for optimum performance during warm weather. They feature:
- Hard rubber composition
- Stiff sidewall construction
- Best traction on hot pavement
- Best rain performance
- Best heat resistance
Summer tires corner well on sizzling pavement and sluice away rain. Surface temperatures
might rise above 100 degrees, but the stiffer tread and sidewalls ensure superior touring,
road handling, and braking. In cold weather, the rubber becomes as stiff as plastic and