Close up of tires on a snow surface

When should I change to winter tires on my Hyundai?

Changing to winter tires on my Hyundai 

Wondering when you should change your current tires on your Hyundai vehicle to winter tires? Wondering why it’s important to do so? Check out the when and why it’s important to change to winter tires below to make sure you’re prepared for the winter months.  

Why you should switch to winter tires 

There are many benefits to switching to winter tires. All-season tires are great and are built to last through any prototypical weather condition, but they aren’t built for the extreme cold, snow and ice that the winter may bring. No matter how great your tires are, they easily succumb to the harsh winter cold which in turn can cause a loss in grip, and hardness of your tires. Once you lose the grip, traction and hardness of your tires, other factors of your car start to fail as well. Without warning, your all-wheel-drive and anti-lock brakes can become flawed. 

winter tires on a snowy terrain

In addition to your safety, here are a few other benefits of winter tires: 

  • Sense of safety and security to get wherever your destination may be 
  • Increased tire grip to stop and start on a treacherous terrain 
  • Strong, abrupt stopping power 
  • Capability to effectively maneuver in freezing temps, heavy snow, and slick road conditions 

When you should switch to winter tires 

Depending on the type of tire you choose to purchase, along with the brand of tire you choose to install, this answer may vary. A common benchmark to start thinking about switching to winter tires would be when temperatures are consistently below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also important to note the time of day in which you’re driving. The daily temperature could read much higher than 45, but if you have an early morning commute or late-night commute, the 45 degree benchmark could apply to you. 

When you should switch back to all-season tires

On the flip side of the spectrum, if you’re looking to change back to your all-season tires in the spring, you should wait until the nightly temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The same concept of the morning and nightly commute also applies here as well.