Winter & Snow Tires vs. All Season Tires

(Last Updated On: February 10, 2021)

When they leave the factory, several vehicles are fitted with all-season tires. Since they are designed to provide a reasonably quiet ride, good tread life, and performance throughout the year, it is no wonder why they are so popular. The robust output of all-season tires is built to work in various environments, including wet roads and light winter driving. All season tires are designed to provide a mix of summer and winter tire benefits. All-season tires inevitably have to sacrifice some optimum summer and winter durability capabilities to provide exemplary performance in various driving conditions. This means that all-season tires can not have the same amount of intense traction and sharp handling a summer tire.

Similarly, an all-season tire is not designed to withstand severe winter conditions, such as snow trekking or ice driving. Dream of all-season tires, like shoes for tennis. All year-round, you can wear tennis shoes, but they are not suitable for all conditions. In summer, it will be much easier to have flip flops on the beach and snow boots.

For drivers who lives in moderate climates and do not always face severe cold, ice, and snow in the winter months, all-season tire technology provides excellent year-round durability—getting the right tire matters when driving in winter weather. Winter roads are highly volatile, from heavy snowfall to black ice. These conditions challenge tires like no other season of the year to provide traction. Winter tires, which are specifically built to operate in winter weather, will better meet the combination of cold temperatures, ice, and snow. There are specific characteristics of winter tires that makes them unique: tread rubber, tread depth and patterns, and biting edges.

The Tread Rubber – The tread rubber of an all-season or summer tire stiffens and becomes less able to provide adequate traction in frigid temperatures. The tread rubber compounds of winter tires are built to remain flexible to combat this, allowing them to grip the road better.

The Tread Depth and Patterns – Deeper tread depths and distinctive tread patterns are a unique characteristic of winter tires. Deeper tread depths minimize the buildup of snow and provide more excellent snow traction. The designs of winter tire treads are intended to channel snow and slush and remove water.

Biting Edges – There is also an increased number of biting edges and high sip densities in winter tires, or in other words, thousands of tiny tread slits that provides ice traction.

Bridgestone Blizzak tires also have a patented multi-cell material that serves as a sponge to help extract and cause slippage from the thin layer of water that remains on ice. In slippery weather, this helps to increase traction so that you can keep control of your car. For a closer look at how this tire offers confident driving in snow and ice weather, check out our Blizzak DM-V2 winter tire.

Snow Tires vs. All Season Tires: Which Are The Better Tires?

The solution to winter or snow tires vs. all-season tires would depend on where you live and the conditions you are driving in.

If every year you see a few snow flurries and slippery, snowy roads are more of a fluke than an annual ordeal, the way to go is likely to be all-season tires. But if you know there is a time when frozen roads are still a problem, it is not an over-the-top precaution to install winter tires-it is a crucial safety measure that may save your life.

Often add a complete collection when you mount winter tires for the season. Just moving the front tires increases the chance that the rear tires are going to skid. Similarly, just placing snow tires on the rear wheels could cause the front tires to lose traction and make your vehicle difficult to steer.

And when spring comes around, remember to re-mount those all-season tires. Although winter tires in severe winter conditions are undeniably superior, they will wear down faster on soft, dry pavement.

Shop Snow or All-Season tires to see specifics of product level tire technology consistent with your driving requirements.

 

 

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