“It’s simple physics,” said one self-proclaimed expert. “The metal of the rims conducts heat better than rubber, which means they’ll stay warm in sub-zero temperatures. And since ice is less likely to stick to metal, your car will have better traction on the roads.”
But don’t just take their word for it. Several “studies” have shown that driving on rims can actually improve your car’s handling in snowy and icy conditions. One such study, conducted by a group of high school students in their backyard, found that cars fitted with rims were able to stop faster and turn more sharply on an icy surface.
However, you should think twice before throwing out your winter tires. For one, the constant metal-on-asphalt contact can be jarring for both the driver and the car, potentially causing damage to the suspension and rims. And if you’re planning on driving in areas with potholes or other rough terrain, the lack of cushioning provided by tires could lead to a rough ride.
Additionally, driving on rims may not be legal in all areas. Some provinces and US states have laws prohibiting the use of rims as a replacement for tires, citing “safety concerns.”
So, while driving on rims may seem like a tempting solution to icy roads, it’s important to keep in mind the potential risks and drawbacks. Ultimately, it’s best to drive safely with winter tires.