Winter/Snow Tires Vs. All Season Tires

As winter begins it is important to understand which variety of tire will keep you and your loved ones safe. The first thing to consider is what the region is like where you live:

If where you live sees occasional flurries of snow and infrequent ice on the roads, an all weather tire will be your answer. If you deal with excessive snow all winter long, and constant ice and slush on your roads then a winter tire will be best. Here are some of the reasons why, and benefits of each:

All Season Tires:

  • Tread on all season tires has less depth and pronounced features (less aggressive)
  • This tread provides more comfort and a quieter driving experience, but will exhibit less traction in snow and ice
  • Tires will last longer in year round use and the ware will be more evenly distributed
  • All season tires offer a low rolling resistance, so they can produce a higher fuel efficiency
  • A harder rubber is used in all season tires, so it can adapt to all temperatures, but in icy conditions it can harden and reduce handling

Winter Tires:

  • Aggressive tread is especially designed to block snow build up and add traction in inclement weather
  • Rubber stays malleable against cold asphalt to maintain handling and control
  • Tread is engineered with snow and ice with a better biting edge for wet and snow covered roads
  • Winter tires provide the driver more control and confidence in potentially dangerous situations
  • Stopping time is significantly improved compared to all season tires

It is important to note, that winter tires should not be used in the summer as the soft rubber designed for snow will wear very quickly and will not handle well in heat.