Jon Snow was right, winter is coming! As the cold weather starts to creep into the Twin Cities, you may be considering winter tires to help you get through the winter season safely. To help you with this decision, we wanted to cut to the chase and share with you the difference between winter tires and all-season tires.
Buying winter tires can provide enhanced braking performance in snowy & icy conditions. These tires perform well in all types of winter conditions, such as snow, ice, sleet, slush, wet and even cold dry roads.
Why is that?
Well, winter tires feature tread designs made specifically for ice, snow and other severe winter conditions. Winter tires also a have specially formulated tread rubber that stays flexible at low temperatures for better vehicle control, as the aggressive treads reduce snow build up. Because of this, most drivers find that winter tires provide a sense of confidence and control in challenging winter weather conditions.
Purchasing all-season tires means getting tires designed to help provide traction and grip in wet and snowy conditions. All-season tires provide stable handling, and even treadwear, in both wet and dry conditions. Although all-season tires offer traction in a variety of different weather conditions, winter tires surpass them when it comes to traction in snow and ice. On the other hand, the tread life for all-season tires is usually longer than winter tires. All-season tires can have low rolling resistance which sometimes saves energy and gas. All-season tires are often more comfortable and quieter, as well.
But Don’t Use Winter Tires in the Summer
Winter tires are meant for snow and ice with deep treads for greater grip. However, the tread rubber on winter tires is softer than regular tires and wears out faster on warm pavement, leading to more frequent replacement and less precise handling on dry pavement.