For some, a good all-season tire is more suitable for their climate as they may only see light snow a few times a year. While an all-season tire performs well in some winter conditions, there are no all-season options that perform to the level of a winter tire during the colder months.
The Continental tires perform very well in wet and winter conditions. Their PureContact with EcoPlus Technology, ExtremeContact DWS and CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology are crowd favorites and receive high ratings in our consumer feedback and testing.
They take pride in their silica enhanced tread compound which conforms to the road surface like a sponge and remains very plyable in cold temperatures. These are key ingredients in an all-season tire to be used in winter and wet weather conditions.
Continental's tuned treadwear indicators are molded in the tread design as "DWS" on their ExtremeContact DWS tire. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.
As mentioned earlier, when it comes to winter driving, nothing performs better than a dedicated winter / snow tire. To see how an all-season tire compares to a snow tire in winter conditions, read "All- Season vs. Winter (Passenger Vehicle): The Difference Between Wintertime Gripping and White Knuckle Snow Slipping."