Winter Tires Versus All-Season Tires

Fall is not just a time to enjoy running around in costume or plan a Thanksgiving feast. It is also a time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter months. Aside from oil changes and tune-ups, something to consider is whether or not to change to winter or all-season tires. Here are a few useful tips to help you decide which set of tires will best work for you and your vehicle.    

The Difference between Winter and All-Season Tires

Determining the difference between the snow tire and the all-season tire is important so that you choose the right tire for the right situation. Take a look at the specifics of each tire before deciding which one will work best for you:

  • All-Season Tires: All-season tires are specifically designed to give the car better traction and control especially during wet and moderate conditions. These tires can also be used year round.
  • Winter Tires: Winter tires are specifically designed for wet, snowy, and icy conditions. The traction of winter tires allows for better control of your vehicle thus creating a smoother ride.

Weather Conditions Matter

Think about the winter months in your area. How does the weather fair in your neck of the woods? If you live where it is sunny and 72 degrees outside year round, it is safe to say that snow tires are unnecessary. If your winter is usually above 45 degrees with a few snowflakes now and again, then the all-season tires are sufficient.

If you need winter tires, it is highly recommended that you consider other tires during the fall, spring, and summer months because winter tires are crafted with specialized rubber in order to handle wet, icy, and snowy roads. Using your winter tires all the time will cause wear and tear on those tires and then they will not be ready for use come winter time.

Choosing the Right Tire

Now that you have a better understanding of winter versus all-season tires, it is safe to say that your decision should be fairly simple. There is no science to picking which tire works best, just be sure to take into consideration the various weather patterns in your area. Prepping your car for those cold, winter months is important. However, you must remember that tire safety should always be paramount. After all, who wants to stand outside in 20-degree weather trying to search for a jack?

For further assistance, contact a local outlet (Action Tire Centre sells tires).