All-Season Tires for Winter? Think Again!

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter Tire FAQsWith winter right around the corner, replacing your vehicle's all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires is the best way to go. All-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. The all-season tire tread designs and compounds that are engineered to provide extended mileage and durability in the summer are less effective in winter's freezing temperatures, and through snow and on ice. And to help with your decision on which snow tire to choose, take a look at the following performance categories:

Performance Winter / Snow

This category is for drivers who are looking for enhanced dry road handling from their tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. These low profile, H- or V-speed rated tires (perfect for sporty imported and domestic cars) are developed to suit winter driving on European highways. Due to their unique designs these tires must be installed in sets of four.

Studless Ice and Snow

Designed for drivers that want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs, these tires feature the latest compound technology to provide winter traction. You'll trade a little handling to get this excellent ice and snow traction, though.

Studdable Winter / Snow

These tires feature snow tire tread compounds and studdable tread designs for good snow and ice traction. It is important to note that studdable winter tires are often prohibited or restricted in some states; check with local authorities to confirm legality.

Still have questions about the benefits of winter tires? Take a look at "Winter Tire FAQs."

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