Although one may assume by a tire's category that it is designed for use in dry, wet and snowy conditions, there are many variables that make up a tire's real world performance in challenging conditions. When looking for tires that handle the elements, one must consider many variables.
Most tires will perform well enough for the average driver in dry conditions, however weaknesses in all-season tire design are apparent mainly in wet conditions or in light snow. As such, tires that feature very few grooves, small void areas and flat tread sections may often times be the best handlers on a dry track but can be a handful when the weather becomes less pleasant.
Proper performing all-season tires should include the following traits:
- Proper tread compound hardness for mileage and resistance to wear
- Multiple water evacuation routes on each shoulder and center section
- A series of biting edges for snow traction
- Tread blocks that are tied together in sequence to avoid tread squirm
One tire that possesses these characteristics is the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. Although the tread pattern on this Continental will not break any track records on dry pavement, its compromise in ultimate dry grip through the form of proper grooving and channeling makes it a stellar performer for those looking for balance. And, as the top-rated tire in our Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the tire is a popular choice with our customers. Take a look at what customers are saying about their experience with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS in our Consumer Reviews.