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Winter Tires vs All Season Tires

All-Season Tires

Many vehicles are fitted with all-season tires when they leave the factory. All season tires are often built to provide a relatively quiet ride, good tread life and fuel economy making them rather popular with shoppers. All season tires offer versatile performance and are designed to perform in the variety of conditions including wet roads and light winter driving. All season tires are a great option for drivers who live in moderate climates and do not encounter extreme cold, ice and snow in the winter months.

Winter or Snow Tires

From heavy snowfall to black ice, winter roads can be extremely unpredictable. These conditions challenge tires to provide traction like no other season of the year. Winter tires are specially designed to perform in cold temperatures, ice and snow. Winter tires are also designed with rubber compounds and other components that go into winter tires keep them flexible in temperatures below 45°F (7°C). This flexibility lets tires provide better vehicle handling and stopping, even when there is no snow but temperatures are relatively low.

Snow tires vs All-Season Tires

This all depends on where you live and the winter conditions in which you drive. If you only see a few snow flurries each year and icy, slick roads are a fluke, all season tires are probably the best way to go.

When putting winter/snow tires on your vehicle you want to make sure you put on a full set. Just changing the front tires increases the likelihood that your rear tires will skid. If you put snow tires on just the rear wheels, this could cause the front tires to lose traction and make it impossible to steer your vehicle.