All-Season Tires vs. Winter Tires: Everything You Need to Know
Close your eyes and picture the snow flying. Like it or not, the cold weather is coming. Since snow is on the way sooner rather than later, it’s time to start thinking about all things winter.
Including your car’s tires. Are you wondering if winter tires are the way to go? Or think your all-season tires are good enough to do the job? You need to make an informed decision. Here’s what you need to know to make the best choice.
Does winter win?
We’ll give it to you straight: All-season tires don’t perform nearly as well as winter tires. Not even close. It’s true whether you’re driving on snow, ice, or in the rain.
Here’s the reason: Winter tires have deeper tread patterns and they’re made from a rubber compound that’s softer than their all-season counterparts. With the extreme tread depths you’ll have more stability when you make turns, get better traction, and experience a quicker stopping time.
How do the costs compare?
The truth is, winter tires will cost you more than using all-season tires throughout the entire year. Depending on your vehicle’s wheel size, plan to spend $600+ on a set of winter tires.
And that’s not the only expenditure to consider. You’ll also have to pay to have the tires swapped out in the fall and spring. You’ll pay approximately $20 per tire if you have them mounted on your existing wheels. This includes demounting one set, putting on the alternate set, and the balancing.
Trust the tire experts
The experienced auto technicians at your local Conrad’s will help you make the important decisions about all your tire needs.