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Winter/Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

"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.

Close up of the Goodyear WinterCommand® Ultra tire on a snowy road

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

Directional tread patterns highlighted on the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT winter tire

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.

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  • 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

Tread grooves and edges highlighted on the Goodyear Assurance All-Season tire

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.

Find and Buy All-Season Tires

  • Purchasing all-season tires means getting tires designed to help provide traction and grip in wet and snowy conditions
  • They are made to help 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
  • The tread life for all-season tires is usually longer than tires that are designed for a particular season
  • All-season tires can have low rolling resistance which sometimes saves energy and results in better gas mileage
  • Are often more comfortable and quieter
  • The all-season tires shave asymmetric tread for performance with a dry grip and wet traction

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Winter Tires in the Summer

  1. Winter tires are meant for snow and ice with deep treads for greater grip
  2. The tread rubber on winter tires is softer than regular tires and wears out faster on warm pavement, leading to more frequent replacement
  3. Softer rubber on dry pavement results in less precise handling and responsiveness giving your car diminished performance

 

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