"What is the difference between snow tires and all-season tires?" is one of the most common questions asked during the tire buying process. Before you buy online, get the information you need on all-season tires or winter tires to make the right decision.
Choosing Between Winter and All-Season Tires
It’s not always easy knowing which tire is best suited for you. Here are some things to consider as you decide.
Benefits of Winter/Snow Tires
Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are designed to help provide enhanced traction once the temperature drops below 45Fº/7.2Cº.
If you live in a colder climate and in a place where you’ll have to drive through harsh winter conditions and icy roads regularly, buying winter tires might be right for you.
Buying winter tires can provide enhanced braking performance in snowy & icy conditions
These tires perform well in all types of winter conditions – snow, ice, sleet, slush, wet and even cold dry roads
Winter tires feature tread designs made specifically for ice, snow and other severe winter conditions
They have specially formulated tread rubber that stays flexible at low temperatures for better vehicle control
The aggressive tread on a winter tire reduces snow build up
Most drivers find that winter tires provide a sense of confidence and control in challenging winter weather conditions
The treads have biting edges for greater traction on wet and icy roads
Tread compounds are soft in the cold, leading to a sturdier grip
The Severe Snow Conditions Symbol on the sidewall specifies that the tire adheres to a snow traction standard according to the RMA
Benefits of All-Season Tires
Goodyear’s all-season tires feature optimized tread patterns that help provide a strong grip on dry, wet and snowy roads.
If you live in a place where you know you’ll have to face a variety of warmer and colders weather conditions, including snow flurries but where icy, slick roads are rare, buying all-season tires might be right for you.