Many enthusiasts have separate winter / snow tires for the colder months. They do this because they want the benefit of extra snow and ice traction. Drivers realize that all-season tires aren't nearly as good in snow and on ice as a dedicated snow tire.
Using this same logic when it comes time to replace non-winter tires, many customers ask specifically for summer tires. Makes sense, right? Well, this isn't the case for everyone. For someone who isn't an aggressive driver or does not drive a sporty vehicle, the benefits of all-season tires may be worth considering.
Any vehicle can benefit from the increased dry grip and faster steering response of a summer performance tire. However, here are some reasons why an all-season tire may make sense for you:
- Longer treadwear - Most all-season tires are designed for longer treadwear than summer tires. Many drivers will see their all-season tires last two to three times longer.
- Quiet ride - You might be thinking that all-season tires would be louder than summer tires, but this is a common misconception. While one can find relatively quiet summer tires, today's summer performance tires focus more on grip and handling performance.
- Smoother and softer ride - Most modern summer tires have a stiffer sidewall for better handling compared to most all-season tires.
- Lower price point - Many of today's summer tires are packed with the latest tire technology and are typically more expensive than all-season tires in most sizes.
- Longer warranty - Depending on the size, all-season tires can have wear warranties as high as 90,000 miles. Very few summer tires offer a treadwear warranty.
Regardless if you have summer or all-season tires, you need to know the right time to put them on. To find out when the best time is, read "When Should I Take Off My Winter / Snow Tires?".