winter tire leaving tracks in snow covered road

What is the Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires?

Are Winter Tires or All-Season Tires Better for Winter Driving?

As we get closer to winter, there are few things we need to do to prepare for snow and ice-covered roads. One of these things is making sure we have the proper tires. While many people switch to winter tires, other people choose to use all-season tires. However, the differences between them lead to one having an advantage during winter. So, are winter tires or all-season tires better for winter driving? Read on as we explore their differences and explain which one is the better choice.


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What tires should be on my car during winter?

stack of winter tires in a snow covered pine tree forest

The difference between all-season and winter tires lies in how they are designed. All-season tires provide traction for a variety of conditions. Their tread compound stiffens when the temperatures gets lower, but they can handle hot weather. These tires are made to handle dry and wet conditions. Winter tires have deeper grooves and sharp edges to improve traction in snow and ice. These tires remain flexible when the temperature is below 45° F and are designed to have better grip on snow, slush, and ice. If you choose to get studded winter tires, the studs help to improve the traction even further when driving ice.

While all-season tires can provide traction in light snow and occasionally snowstorms, they cannot provide traction in deep snow, ice, and temperatures lower than 45° F. Winter tires are your best choice during winter because they not only can handle all conditions that winter brings, they also help provide control especially when stopping.


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