Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

January 30, 2019

With winter right around the corner, many safety-conscious vehicle owners in North Carolina are faced with the decision of installing winter tires or opting for a set of all season tires. Determining which path to take is not as easy as it may seem, as there are advantages to both types of tires. Below is a look at some of the specific benefits of winter tires versus all season tires, and the best way to determine which type of tire is best for your car.

The Benefits of Winter Tires

Commonly known as "snow tires", winter tires are designed to provide the additional traction you need when driving during inclement winter weather. They are typically installed prior to the onset of winter weather and the pre-existing tires are placed in storage until spring. The primary benefits of winter tires are as follows:

Enhanced grip: The deep tread pattern on winter tires makes driving in snowy and icy conditions easier.
Long-term cost savings: You will extend the life of your all-season tires and your winter tires by swapping them out twice each year.
Improved braking: The secure grip offered by snow tires facilitates braking in snowy and icy conditions.
Formulated for cold weather: Winter tires are made with rubber that is designed to offer more grip on roads in freezing temperatures.

Side view of a blue Jeep Wrangler 

The Advantages of All Season Tires

Nearly all vehicles sold in the United States are equipped with all season tires and over 97% of replacement tires sold are all season tires. There are many factors that influence these statistics, but many drivers tend to gravitate toward all season tires because they offer the following key advantages:

Convenience: Drivers save time and money because they do not have to remove and install a different set of tires semi-annually.
Road-friendly: The tread and type of rubber used to make all season tires is not as hard on the roads when compared to winter tires.
Superb handling: All season tires provide a quiet ride and maximum performance during the majority of the year.
Good for moderate climates: If you live in an area that receives little snow, ice, or cold weather, then all season tires are a good option.
No need to find storage: When you keep all season tires on your car, you do not need to find storage for your winter tires.

Backview of a gray Jeep Wrangler

Should You Invest in Winter Tires?

Knowing the benefits of both types of tires is helpful in determining whether you should invest in winter tires. Additionally, there are a few other factors to consider before you pay for a set of winter tires. For instance, if you live north of the Mason Dixon Line AND your vehicle has FWD or AWD, you are a better candidate for winter tires than a resident of Florida who has a rear wheel drive vehicle. Additionally, if you drive a compact car and are frequently exposed to harsh weather conditions, it is a good idea to consider winter tires.

Up close of tire

What is the Single Best Way to Ensure that You Choose the Proper Tires?

Clearly, there are pros and cons associated with winter tires and all season tires. The single best way to ensure that you choose the proper tires for your car is to seek the guidance of an industry expert. Our seasoned wheel and tire specialists are available to answer your questions by phone, electronically, or by appointment at our 20700 Torrence Chapel Road location in Cornelius. We invite you to contact us to find our why we are North Carolina's most trusted provider of custom wheels and tires. We look forward to hearing from you.

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