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Monday, January 19, 2015

Do you know the difference between summer tires, all season tires, and winter tires?

When it comes to buying a tires for your vehicle, the large selection of tires can be confusing. What is the difference between summer tires, all-season tires, and winter tires? Use this guide to help you choose the right tires for your needs.

Summer Tires
The summer tires are beneficial when you are dealing with dry roads. Summer tires are built for agility and speed. Summer tires usually have shallow tread depth as they are designed for speed. Despite what a lot of people believe, summer tires actually provide great traction in rain storms. Winter driving requires an upgrade to all-season tires or winter tires.

All Season Tires
The majority of car owners will opt for all-season tires. An all-season tire is set to handle all types of weather from rain to snow. Most people feel the all-season tires are designed to handle rain better than summer tires, but this is not true. The summer tires do a great job gripping a road, even in the rain. With the all-season tires, the main grip ability is for the snow. All season doesn’t mean a tire is set to have great performance for all weather patterns. The all-season tires prevent you from needing to change your tires in the spring and the fall. If you live in an area without a great deal of snow, consider a lower rated all-season tire.

Winter Tires
The winter tire is designed to provide plenty of grip during a snow storm. In deep water at high speeds, the tire need to stay in contact with the pavement. The tread pattern of the tire will provide the gripping ability a car needs to stay stuck to the road. Compare customer ratings of the tires to ensure they will be able to give adequate grip during a snowstorm.

Choosing a Tire
Summer tires are not adequate to handle snow, but they can handle rain for the most part. The problem is ice. A tire needs to have a soft, grippy tread to provide the ability to grip the road. If the car is slipping often in the snow, it is important to change to winter tires. Review the original manufacturer’s tires to find out what tires they recommend for the vehicle. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for your post about the difference between summer and winter tires. I live in an area where we get a substantial amount of snow and ice. It isn't uncommon for people to have winter tires with the studs in them for extra traction in the winter. It can make a big difference for your car in the wintertime.