When to choose all-weather tires

All-weather tires

All-weather tires should be considered if you are looking for tires for year-round use in an area that experiences severe weather in the winter. The main advantage of the all-weather tires being their severe snow service rating and is the reason they hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake” emblem on the rim of the tire. Other advantages include flexibility, better grip and traction, with rubber compounds that can endure large temperature variants. The increased traction also helps if you are traveling in rough terrain. The fact that the all-weather tires are truly made for all weather conditions is of course a very big advantage as you will not have to sacrifice on safety even in severe winter conditions.

The flexibility of having tires that can handle any kinds of weather and road conditions make it possible to travel from areas with dry asphalt up to the mountains with snow and ice on the road without having to change tires. This make them ideal if living in an area where there is the possibility to head to the mountains for a day of skiing. In addition, once winter arrives you will already be prepared, and you don’t need to change over to dedicated winter tires. The all-weather tires offer excellent grip and traction on all road surfaces which also gives you the possibility to go over rough terrain.  Having a reliable tire that can handle all weather conditions throughout the year is a real advantage. The versatile all-weather tires combine high-performance, all-season handling and reliable winter grip to make them a true all-weather tire.

As with any tires it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended tire dimensions for your make and model of car. This means that if your car currently has tires with the dimension 225/65R17 and you choose to invest in all-weather tires, then you would need 225/65R17 all-weather tires. This is important as only with the right tire dimensions will you be assured the proper functioning and handling of your vehicle. In fact, if the tires are not the proper dimensions and, for an example, too large for the vehicle you could actually even damage the transmission. This is because a larger tire can reduce the vehicle’s effective gear ratio which in turn can cause strain on the transmission.

It would be a good choice to choose an all-weather tire if you are living in an area with severe winter weather, or if you are within driving distance of ski resorts in the winter and you are looking to keep one set of tires throughout the year. Thanks to new innovative technologies having been applied to the manufacturing of all-weather tires they have become a true alternative to winter tires without sacrificing safety, with the real benefit of being able to keep one set of tires throughout the year.

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