If you plan to drive in winter conditions during the year, you will need to have some type of winter approved tires on your vehicle. This means that you will need either winter tires that you combine with all-season tires for the warm period or then use winter approved all-weather tires. All-weather tires have the same “three peak mountain snowflake “ symbol like dedicated winter tires. This emblem signifies that they are designated for use in severe winter conditions. The all-weather tires are therefore hold an advantage over all-season tires which are actually badly named as they are not recommended for winter weather conditions. The all-weather tires allow for one set of tires throughout the year, with no need for change tires. Thus eliminating the need for storing a second set of tires in the garage. You also reduce the risk of ending up with the wrong set of tires for the weather. It can be dangerous to end up with all-season tires when you have winter conditions and it is not good to use winter tires when you have summer weather. For this reason the all-weather tires offer a convenient and improved safety.
With all-weather tires you can safely handle snow and ice as they offer excellent grip and handling. The all-weather tires are made of tread constituted of intermediate rubber compound that offers excellent grip on all kinds of road conditions. They are actually sort of a hybrid between winter tires and all-season tires, making them ideal for all seasons. This is why during the cold season when the roads are icy, snowy and wet they work just as well as during the other seasons.
Additionally, the unique tread pattern with grooves effectively clean snow, slush and water out of the tire to ensure excellent grip and reliable handling under all conditions thereby protecting from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can also occur when the snow melts and there is slush on the road. This can assure hydroplaning resistance both in heavy rain or melting ice and snow. This allows to maintain proper contact with the road and provide the stability you need to handle your vehicle safety and comfortably.
All-weather tires are the only tires that can be used all year round if the winters are severe in your area. If the area you live in does not have severe winters then all- season tires can be considered for all year round use. All-weather tires outperform all-season tires in the winter as all-season tires are not recommended for winter weather. The many new innovations in all-weather and all-season tires alike make them both equally good to handle the other three seasons of the year. There has also been many advances in the all-weather tires to make them more fuel efficient by lowering the rolling resistance of the tires. This helps make them more ecological by lowering their carbon footprint as the CO2 emissions are lowered.