Do I Need To Change The Tires On My BMW?

Do I Need To Change The Tires On My BMW?

Why not just drive with your winter tires in summer? Then you don’t have to pay for two sets of tires and for changing them. The reason is simply that it’s dangerous, you’re putting your safety, that of your passengers and other drivers at risk. Tires are a major factor in how safe your vehicle is to drive. So what’s the difference between summer tires and winter tires then? At Pfaff BMW in Mississauga, we are always recommending that our customers change out their tires from season to season in order to prolong the life of their tires and to increase their safety. If you are asking yourself if you need to change your tires on your BMW, then you have come to the right place for answers. In this article by Pfaff BMW, we share some information about this. 

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The rubber compound 

The amount of rubber used in winter tires helps the tire stay soft and flexible so it can grip the road when it’s cold outside. If you drive on winter tires in the summer, then your tires will be too soft, which means they will wear faster, reduce fuel efficiency and also need a greater distance for braking. The reason for this is because winter tires are more pliable at higher temperatures, so they wear more quickly on hard, dry asphalt.

The rubber compound used in summer tires is considerably harder than it is in winter tires so they can handle the heat of summer. If you drive in the winter with summer tires, stopping distances will be longer and it will be harder to drive in a straight line because the tires aren’t soft enough to grip the road. 

Tire tread

Summer tires have large contact patches which give the vehicle a better grip on the road. Although the tread pattern has fewer grooves and sipes than that of winter tires, the grooves are bigger so they can move large quantities of water away to the sides, maximizing the contact with the road in order to avoid hydroplaning.

Winter tires, on the other hand, have a lot of grooves, which are also deeper than those in summer tires. It is these grooves that allow winter tires to keep their traction on snow and ice. There are also smaller channels called sipes that help the grooves keep the tire in contact with the surface.

When should I change my tires?

Experts agree: Winter tires are just for winter. But when should you change your tires? Whenever the temperature consistently stays below 7 degrees is when you need to use your winter tires. The rule of thumb is that below 7 degrees is when winter tires do best on the road and above 7 degrees is when summer tires do best.

It is definitely a good idea to change the tires on your BMW seasonally. If you are looking for more information about this, then we encourage you to get in touch with a Pfaff BMW representative today. Additionally, at Pfaff, there’s no being handed around, no wondering if you got the best deal, and no haggling price in-person or ever. Just honest customer service that actually serves you, the customer. It’s what we like to call: the Idealership. Click here to learn about the Pfaff Difference. 

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