The Benefits of Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires
Here in the Kansas City area, we’re pretty lucky to have mild enough weather for all-season tires to be practical throughout the year, but seeing as many of our customers ask us whether or not they need to invest in winter tires, we thought that it would be worthwhile to take a look at how they are different from all-seasons by looking at some of the benefits of winter tires vs all-season tires.
The easiest way to explain the difference between winter tires and all-season tires is to say that winter tires are great at a few things while all-season tires are pretty good at a lot of different things. It all has to do with the treads and the type of rubber used for the tires. All-season tires are made to perform in a wide range of temperatures, while winter tires are specifically made to be flexible in the colder, winter weather.
As we said, all-season tires also have different treads that allow them to tackle dry roads as effectively as they handle wet or snow covered roads. However, winter tires have thicker treads with wider grooves that are specifically placed to enhance traction by expelling snow and draining water. The channels, along with the deeper sipes that further help to cut through water and slush, help keep the vehicle on the road.
All in all, the traction of winter tires can be as much as 25 to 50 percent more than the traction achieved by all-season tires. It’s more that enough to justify the purchase of winter tires. However, as we stated earlier, the need for the more intense winter tires really depends on the climate that you live in. If you are in an area where snow and ice is not an everyday occurrence, you can likely slide by with all-season tires.
To learn more about the difference between the two, or to learn more about the benefits that winter tires can provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you do decide that you want to get yourself a set of snowshoes for your vehicle, be sure to schedule a service appointment on our website. We would be more than happy to get them on there for you. Even if you decide to stick with your all-season tires, now is a great time to have them rotated. Schedule that appointment so that you can ensure you’re safe this winter.
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