What Kind of Tires Do I Need for Winter in Oregon?

Winter in Oregon can be challenging thanks to plummeting temperatures and harsh driving conditions. Fortunately, a good set of winter tires can help you maintain control and gain the traction you need for a smoother, safer drive around the Hillsboro area. What makes winter tires different? Why are they so important for drivers in the Pacific Northwest? Check out our winter tire overview to learn more about how winter tires can help you breeze through the coldest months of the year.

Why Winter Tires Make a Difference

Not even all-season tires are as well-equipped to deal with winter weather as winter tires are. Winter tires gain the edge because they're made specifically to perform better in cold, snowy conditions. Even brand-new all-season tires are less effective than winter tires during the cold winter months, so we highly recommend investing in a set of winter tires.

So, what exactly is it that sets winter tires apart from any other type of tire? Here's a breakdown:

  • Softer Rubber: Winter tires are made of a softer rubber compound that allows them to stay more flexible in cold weather, improving their ability to gain traction on cold pavement.
  • Unique Tread Patterns: You'll find that winter tires have deeper, wider tread along with unique tread patterns that are specifically designed to help slash through and displace snow and slush, making it easier for you to get the traction you need.

If you plan to spend any time on the road around the Willamette Valley area, we can help you find the perfect set of winter tires for your vehicle so that you can tackle the task of driving in winter with confidence. Our team can help you shop for a set of tires, and you can count on us to install them for you.

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