Basney Honda – Why Buy – All-Season vs. Winter Tires
For many people, tires are just about as unexciting as it gets when it comes to car maintenance. When tire shopping, it’s easy to focus on nothing but finding the cheapest set possible and calling it a day. But, remember that your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so it’s incredibly important to make sure you have a good set of tires appropriate for the driving conditions.
As winter approaches, you’ll want to decide between all-season tires and winter tires for your car. What exactly is the difference, and which is best for you?
Though the name seems to imply that all-season tires are perfect for all driving conditions, this isn’t entirely true. All-season tires do perform well in a variety of conditions, but this breadth of capability also means they don’t perform extremely well in any one type of driving condition.
Basically, all-season tires are a matter of compromise: they have great tread life at the cost of cold weather flexibility; they have middling traction in ice and snow, but give up some performance in wet conditions; and so on.
Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed to perform extremely well in cold weather conditions. They are composed of rubber that stays flexible when temperatures drop closer to freezing and have aggressive tread patterns for handling ice and snow. Winter tires won’t handle summer conditions as well as all-season tires, but when it comes to cold weather driving, winter tires simply can’t be beat.
So, if you live somewhere that sees temperatures at or below 45° in the winter, a set of winter tires will go a long way in keeping you safe on the road when the weather turns ugly. Of course, it sounds attractive to pay for one set of tires and be done shopping, but specialized winter tires could save you more than money when cold weather comes.