You know you need winter tires when temperatures turn frigid around town, but you might think that you can save money by driving on them all year. We're auto experts at Brenner Collision Centers, so we know better.

Winter tires are specialty products. They feature bulky tread blocks and sticky rubber for traction on ice, and their deeper channels usher away snow and slush. Those same aspects make winter tires poor candidates for summer driving. You wouldn't wear your winter boots to the beach, and you shouldn't use your winter tires on hot pavement.

Summer driving conditions deconstruct winter tires. You will see small chunks removed from your winter treads if you drive them all year. Also, you will notice handling irregularities when your winter tires encounter curves on hot pavement or long puddles left by thunderstorms. Finally, you will pay more to replace your winter tires every 18 months than you would alternating tire styles seasonally.

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