Winter Tire Installation Hopewell VA

There are no clear answers as to when you should put on your winter tires. Obviously, where you live matters, as does the intensity of the winter season. Aim for changing them when the weather worsens, but don't wait too long. Going to the shop earlier in the season involves less waiting for you.

A Seredni Tire & Auto Center
(804) 271-6617
6445 Iron Bridge Road
Richmond, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies, Auto Inspection

Firestone Complete Auto Care Store
404 Cavalier Sq
Hopewell, VA
Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Leete Tire & Auto
(804) 541-7929
3221 Oaklawn Blvd
Hopewell, VA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Firestone Tire & Service Centers
(804) 458-8545
404 Cavalier Sq
Hopewell, VA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Balch Automotive
(804) 748-2323
12920 Old Stage Rd
Chester, VA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM,

Bottoms Bridge Tire & Auto
(804) 932-9920
3025 Pocahontas Trail
Quinton, VA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies, Lawn Mower Sharpening & Repair, Wheelchair Lifts & Scooters
Products
Sales, Service, Wheelchair Lifts

Pearson Tire Co
(804) 541-8088
711 S 15th Ave
Hopewell, VA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM-5:30PM,

Harrison Tire & Auto Service
202 E City Point Road
Hopewell, VA
 
Firestone Complete Auto Care Store
A Ave & 6Th St
Fort Lee, VA
Hours
Monday-Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Colonial Honda
(804) 733-0700
2100 Walthall Center D
Chester, VA
 

How and When to Change from Summer to Winter Tires

How and When to Change from Summer to Winter Tires By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

When the warm summer air gives way to the chill of an impending winter, some of you are probably thinking more about fading tans and lost beach days than you are about car care. We understand that anything related to cold weather might be a sore subject. However, winter tires (also known as "snow tires") are tremendously important for your safety if you live in a snowy climate, and it's important to know when to switch over to them.

The Basics
Winter tires, marked with a snowflake symbol, are made with special low temperature resiliant rubber compounds and have deep treads that grip unplowed snow, ice and other inclement conditions under your wheels. All-season tires, regardless of being branded with M+S for Mud and Snow, might not be suitable in heavy snow.

Robert Abram, Product Planning Manager at Yokohama Tire Corporation describes the difference: "The compounding and tread designs for winter tires are altered from traditional all-season tires to maximize grip. Even the best all-season tires have compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, and when that happens, the tires tend to grip less. The winter tire compound remains pliable when temperatures are low, retaining grip."

Without grip, most of your car's safety functions - like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes - can't do their jobs correctly.

Doug Brown, brand category manager for BFGoodrich Tires agrees. "Having a second set of dedicated snow tires gives you a margin of safety and a sense of security to get where you're going," he says. "You will increase your ability to start on a hill, stop the vehicle and to maneuver in deep snow that can't be achieved with conventional tires."

Winter tires also come in studded form. Adding 100 little studs to your tires makes for a safer ride on ice; however, the use of studded tires isn't always allowed due to the damage they cause on clear roads.

Even if you have two-wheel drive, you should put snow tires on every wheel of your vehicle. Putting them only on the front wheels of a front-wheel drive car can cause spinouts or result in diminished steering capabilities in a rear-wheel drive car. Trust us, it's worth the extra dough to do all four wheels at once.

When To Change Them
There are no clear answers as to when you should put on your winter tires. Obviously, where you live matters, as does the intensity of the winter season. Aim for changing them when the weather worsens, but don't wait too long. Going to the shop earlier in the season involves less waiting for you. Better to have them on too soon than leave it until you wake up to a foot of snow on the ground and your car stuck for the day.

While you can technically leave winter tires on your wheels year-round, we recommend against it.

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