If you’re driving a Porsche in Minneapolis weather, you know the importance of snow tires for your safety. Snow tires have come a long way from the heavy, noisy “mud grips” that were on your dad’s Buick wagon 40 years ago. Today’s snow tires offer road manners, ride quality, noise level and handling that rival the best all-season tires, but with enhanced traction than all-season tires could never match.
Modern snow tires use a rubber formulation that stays flexible in sub-freezing temperatures, when all-season tires would turn hard and lose traction. That softer rubber compound, along with sipes (a network of hundreds of hair-thin slits in the tread face) means that the tires can dig in and get a good “bite” in snow and slush. Some snow tires come pre-drilled to allow easy installation of studs, offering traction even on icy surfaces. It’s important to remember to change your snow tires when temperatures are regularly above 40 degrees, though — the softer rubber will quickly wear in warmer weather.
When it’s time to switch back from snow tires, all-season tires are a safe bet for traction and overall performance in everyday driving situations. All-season tires will typically be stamped with “M + S,” meaning they’re rated for mud and snow — although Minnesota drivers know they usually are not very useful when the snow is more than an inch deep.
They’re also designed for great performance in rain, with grooves that are designed to channel water behind the tire’s contact patch and avoid hydroplaning. For good ride quality, handling, road manners, and noise suppression, all-season tires are a great choice in most weather conditions.
Tires are one of those things that we tend to just take for granted until there’s a problem and we’re stuck by the side of the road with a flat. That’s a mistake.
Like any other system on your vehicle, tires need maintenance too. That means regularly inspecting the sidewalls and tread face for damage, checking tire inflation once a month and keeping tabs on tread wear. One of the best things you can do for your tires is to rotate them with every oil change, since the vehicle’s already up in the air on a rack anyway.
No vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution front-to-rear, and weight transfer during braking and cornering, putting more stress on front tires. Regular tire rotations mean that tires will wear evenly, and tire rotations will improve handling, road manners and ride quality.
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Porsche Minneapolis also offers tire storage to keep your investment safe for years to come. Your tires will be stored in a climate-controlled facility and there are no additional charges for exchanges. Store one set of four wheels, tires, or mounted wheels and tires for one year.For example: