At Hertrich of Elkton, we know our way around tires, especially when it comes to pairing your vehicle with the ones it was designed to ride on. At our Tire Center, we offer all the major tire brands, and we can also assist you with all-season, summer/performance, and winter tire options. And when it's time for replacement, our expert Factory Trained Technicians will properly mount and balance them to renew your vehicle's grip and ride quality.

The Importance of Good Tires
The area where your tires actually contact the road is very small, sometimes no bigger than the size of your hand. This makes it all the more important that they have adequate tread life and are in good condition to help ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle.

Choosing the right tires for where you drive.
Different climates have certain weather patterns associated with them. This means you may encounter different driving conditions throughout the year than someone with the same vehicle in a different area. Selecting the right kind of tires for the conditions you often travel in are crucial for your safety and how your vehicle handles the road.

So, how should you decide? Begin by determining your average driving conditions for the year. 

To help you make a more informed decision, here are some common classifications of tires - each with abilities suited for different climates and driving conditions. 

We are happy to discuss tire options with you at our tire center, so you can make the best choice for your car, truck or SUV.

All-season Tires
All-season tires are the most common type of tire purchased because they are designed to provide adequate traction for a variety of driving conditions - hot and dry, rainy, cold or snowy - and are ideal for moderate climates. The tread design and rubber compound work well in different driving conditions due to weather, and have longer tread life than summer-specific tires, for example.

However, since they're engineered for a combination of conditions, they are not tailored to provide the level of traction and abilities that summer/performance tires offer in warm and wet conditions, nor the grip and braking performance that winter tires have in cold, snowy or icy conditions. 

Summer/Performance Tires
Benefits of summer/performance tires include improved braking, cornering and traction in warm climate conditions.  They provide exceptional street traction.

If you live where it is regularly warm all year long, summer/performance tires are ideal for your vehicle. The tread design and rubber compound of these tires are engineered to "stick" to dry roads better than other tire types, as more surface area per tire makes contact with the road. Most summer/performance tires also offer increased traction on wet roads. Some versions are designed specifically for high-performance vehicles and are even better equipped for speed, cornering and hard braking. Depending on your model vehicle and regional climate, you may want to purchase summer/performance tires for the warmer climates and seasons, but switch over to winter tires when temperatures drop and snowfall is probable.

Winter Tires
You may want to start by asking someone who has driven with winter tires if they've felt more confident behind the wheel during wintery conditions. They will probably say that they have. The difference in confidence is attributed to the type of rubber compound and tread pattern of winter-specific tires. Winter tires are engineered to provide better grip in winter months than all-season tires, and especially more than summer/performance tires. But why?

The answer lies in what happens to other types of tires when the temperature falls near or below freezing. All-season tires work well in a combination of dry, wet and light-snow conditions, but, like summer/performance tires, their rubber composition hardens in cold temperatures. This makes them less effective for traction, braking and handling even if there isn't any snow on the road. Winter tires also have unique tread designs to cope with traveling over ice and snow.

Should I purchase winter tires?
The general guideline: If you live in a region where temperatures reach near or below freezing for extended periods of time, winter tires are ideal because their rubber compound allows them to stay pliable and deliver ample traction. If you have experienced what it's like to drive with clenched hands on the steering wheel during frequent snowfalls, winter tires may bring calmness to your grip.

If you decide to purchase a set of four winter tires, our factory trained technicians can properly swap them on and off each season with proper dismounting, mounting and balancing care. We want you to stay safe in the winter months and our team is standing by to assist you with a winter tire setup that's right for your vehicle.

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Hertrich Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Elkton

1147 E. Pulaski Hwy.
Directions Elkton, MD 21921-6307

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