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What’s The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires?

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With winter months closing in, maybe it’s time to consider the winter tires. But, besides their name, what implies that they are the right tire package in their name? After all, All-season tires can handle some winter driving conditions. In this article, we’ll cover and explain the main differences between the two so that you can comfortably choose whether you should switch to winters or not afterward!


What exactly are all-season tires?

Many vehicles are equipped with all-season tires straight out of the factory because they can provide a comfortable and satisfying year-round driving experience. The all-season tires can perform well in various conditions ranging from wet roads to even light winter ones. They are like the perfect combination for the year (hence, the name). 


Now, what are the downfalls to the all-season tires? They are excellent at “balancing” performance but fall short when they have to maximize it. If you live in extremely cold or hot conditions, all-season tires are probably not right for you. 


However, all seasons are for you if you live in a region with a “normal” climate and without much snow or freezing conditions. 


What are winter tires?

Engineers have designed winter tires for heavy snowfalls and freezing conditions. There are a couple of specific materials that make these kinds of tires so special, such as:


The Tread Rubber - Unlike the other kinds of tires, engineers designed the tread rubber on winter tires (unlike the different types of tires) to remain flexible even on the coldest days of the year, giving you a smoother ride during the last season of the year.


The Tread Depth and Patterns - Winter tires have more profound than usual tread depths, allowing them to reduce snow buildup and provide better traction on the road because they are explicitly designed for snowy weather.


Biting Edges - The thousands of biting edges in the winter tires allow for a better driving experience even on the iciest roads.


So what’s the end-all-be-all tire solution? It doesn’t exist. Picking your tires depends upon various conditions, including the weather and the type of roads you’ll be traveling on with your vehicle. In an extreme climatic region such as Alaska, winter tires are the way to go, but if you live in a more moderate environment, the best solution would be all-seasons! 

Now, before you purchase anything, please give us a minute! To avoid incidents, you have to keep your car in top shape, and tires are only part of the solution! You also have to leave it to get checked by the best mechanics possible, which is where we come in! Please schedule an appointment for service and repair through our website. Jeff’s Automotive is located at 4110 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045, and our business hours are Monday - Saturday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We are looking forward to serving you soon!