Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires: Which Ones Are Right For Me?

Winter is right around the corner! For some, this means it's time to switch to winter tires, but others may choose to keep their all-season tires on year-round. So which type of tire is best for you?

What are Winter Tires?

Winter tires provide optimal traction and braking performance in cold weather and on snow-covered or icy roads. They are made from a rubber compound that remains flexible in colder temperatures, which helps provide grip on the road. Winter tires also have deeper tread patterns than all-season tires, which allows them to displace snow and slush so that the tire can maintain contact with the road.


What are All-Season Tires?

All-season tires are designed to provide good traction and handling in various conditions, including wet roads and light snow. They are made from a rubber compound that is harder than the rubber compound used in winter tires, making them more durable but less flexible in colder temperatures. In addition, all-season tires have shallower tread patterns than winter tires, which means they are less effective at displacing snow and slush.


Which Type of Tire Do I Need?

If you live in an area with mild winters or where the roads are mostly clear, then all-season tires may be a good option for you. Winter tires may be a good option if you live in an area where it snows frequently, or the roads are often icy. If you choose to use winter tires, we recommend you install them before the first snowfall of the season.

If you have any questions about which tires are right for you, please don't hesitate to contact us at Wilton Auto and Tire Center. We would be happy to discuss your options and help you choose the right tires for your needs. We also offer a wide selection of tires for sale and tire installation services.

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Written by Wilton Auto and Tire Center