If, however, you are in the market for some tires for your car you may be curious about the difference between all-season tires and winter tires. While all-season tires will provide some traction during winter driving, the differences between winter tires and summer tires can be as drastic as wearing a t-shirt vs. a coat in winter.
On one hand, one will get the job done in many cases while the other will provide benefits that keep you safe during the winter thanks to hundreds of hours of engineering and testing in winter conditions.
Winter tires provide for a much safer driving experience in snow and ice thanks to the aggressive tread pattern and specially formulated tread rubber that stays flexible at low temperatures for better vehicle control. Additionally you will benefit from enhanced braking performance with winter tires – kind of important eh?
You’re probably wondering about the additional costs of having two sets of tires by now and we can clear that up for you. While the additional upfront costs are essentially double because you are buying a second set of tires, the lifespan of your tires will be twice as long so over time the costs actually balance out. Even if you are going to sell your car, you can get more money to splurge on Christmas gifts when you sell because you have the second set of tires.
This is all to say that there are many benefits to buying winter tires instead of just all-season tires; however all-season tires can last a while if you buy a good brand and they can still keep your car on the road in winter if you aren’t driving like your auditioning for the next Fast and the Furious movie. All-season tires can be economical and they do provide adequate traction for many vehicles in winter conditions.
The specific tires you choose depends on how much you have in your tire budget and the type of vehicle you drive. Heavier and bigger vehicles – especially those with all-wheel drive – can get away with all-season tires a little more than smaller vehicles.
So do your homework and check out some winter tires and if you purchase some winter tires (or if Summer Santa brings you some before winter) you will likely not want to go back to all-season tires after you experience the heightened confidence provided by winter tires.
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