Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

wintertires-mainAs winter approaches, many of us wonder if we need winter tires. This is a tough question which entails many different variables, one of the biggest factors being the climate you travel in. We’ll outline the difference between winter and all-season tires and some of the reasons why winter tires might be for you.

Most vehicles come standard with all-season tires from the manufacturer. This is a popular choice because of their long thread life, good fuel economy, and quiet ride. All season tires are versatile because they are built to handle an array of different road conditions like dry roads, wet roads, and even light snow. Because all season tires are designed from a combination of summer and winter tires, some benefits will be lost. Still a good performer in the summer climate, an all-season tire may not have as good extreme grip and handling performance as a summer tire. Same goes for winter. Although all season tires may be fine for light snow but they are not designed to handle snow and ice that is common with extreme winter conditions. All season tires are a great year round choice for people who live and travel in moderate climates.tiresIf you live in a cold climate area that experiences snow, ice, and extreme temperatures, you will want to consider winter tires. Winter tires are designed to provide the necessary traction needed to handle these unpredictable road conditions. What makes these tires different from all season tires is a unique combination of tread rubber, tread depth/pattern and biting edge. The tread rubber is designed to remain flexible for optimal grip, deeper treads and patterns provide better traction through snow and slush, and an increased number of biting edges help improve handling in icy conditions.

Now that we know the difference between all-season and winter tires, which is right for you? If you live in a moderate climate area that sees a few snow flurries a year, all season tires are probably the choice for you. They will provide you with the traction you need, and you will benefit from the quieter ride that all season tires are known for. If you live in an area where a winter storm is typical, putting winter tires on your vehicle is a great safety precaution. If you choose winter tires, do it right. Change out all four tires, not just two. Once spring comes, you can switch them back out to all season for maximum life out of both of your winter and all season tires.

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