Winter Tires

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WHICH TIRES DO I BUY? ALL-SEASON OR WINTER TIRES?

All-season compared to regular tires compared to winter tires are pretty self-explanatory. Winter tires are made to execute in frigid weather. Regular tires are built to function in summer weather and all-season tires perform well in various weather conditions. The temperature of the rubber has a big impact on how the tire behaves when it comes to grip and slipping, and thus different season tires are manufactured from different rubber compounds. Thompson Lexus Willow Grove also has Bridgestone Blizzak Winter and Snow Tires available for your to purchase for your Lexus.

Not sure what you will do with your off-season tires the rest of the year? You can store them at Thompson Lexus Willow Grove, free of charge. We offer complimentary off-season tire storage so there is one less thing for you to worry about related to your car. We want to make it easy for you to have the proper seasonal tires on your vehicle all year round. Ready to get your winter tires? Do you have questions before you take the plunge? Give us a call at 267-367-5100 and ask to speak to a Service Consultant.

BENEFITS OF BUYING WINTER TIRES

With low temperatures in the Philadelphia area your car requires high traction. Winter driving usually means you encounter more than a few flurries. Things like blizzards, black ice, and below-freezing temperatures can make winter driving extremely challenging. That is why we recommend winter tires. Their specific rubber compounds stay flexible in cold weather and give you the confident handling and superior stopping power you need to safely get where you’re going when the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

 
FIND YOUR WINTER TIRES


FIVE WINTER TIRE MYTHS

There are a lot of misconceptions about winter tires, so let’s set the record straight.

 

In cold temperatures, all-season tires stiffen, reducing grip. The rubber compounds and other components that make up winter tires keep them flexible in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Tire flexibility allows for better vehicle handling and stopping.

Ever see SUVs on the side of the road when the weather’s bad? All-wheel drive helps you control the tires, but that doesn’t mean much if the tires themselves aren’t flexible enough or don’t have the right tread design to push snow and ice out of their way.

In additional to having flexible compounds and specialized tread designs, winter tires help make your all-season tires last longer: while the winters ones are on, the all-season ones aren’t wearing down.

Especially when roads are slick, tires without specifically designed winter tread patterns can simply slide when the brakes are applied. Winter tires have deep groves and small slits called sipes that cut through snow and ice, keeping more of your tire in contact with the road.

The cost of winter tires is usually comparable to any other kind of tire. Plus, switching between winter tires and all-season or summer tires makes both sets last longer than they normally would.


SAFE WINTER DRIVING

Winter tires can give Lexus vehicles a lot of leverage for driving on slippery or icy surfaces. When shopping for such products, you should look for the symbols that indicate superb off-road and all-weather performance. These labels confirm that the tires exceed the basic standards in the automotive industry.