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What's the difference winter tires & all-season tires

What's the difference winter tires & all-season tires

Although the tires may say "all-season," can you really use them all season? That is a question many car owners might wonder about. All-season tires are generally ok for much of the season, but they are not ideal when it comes to driving in harsh, winter conditions. When the roads become wet, snowy, or icy, you want to make sure you have a solid tire that won't cause you to slip all over the road. If you're not sure about the difference between all-season tires and winter tires, or you don't know when to change from one to another, read on for more details.


What Are All-Season Tires



All-season tires have a rubber and tread compound that makes them grip the road well in most conditions. They are designed to withstand the wet pavement and even stand up to light snow. They have a deeper tread and a different design than summer tires. Yet, they are not like winter tires.


What are Winter Tires?



Winter tires are specifically designed for the winter weather. They have a special tread pattern on them that creates an even deeper tread than the other types of tires out there. In the winter months, there will definitely be more snow, ice, and difficult road conditions. As the snow packs down into your tires, the winter tires have a tread pattern and depth level that will repel the snow. As a result, you are safer while you drive.


You also get more protection on the icy roads, too. So, make a point to switch over to winter tires if you live in a cold, snowy area.


When to Switch to Winter Tires?



You might be wondering when to replace your tires. It's best to get a head start on the weather, so you're not caught by a surprise snow flurry or two. You can go ahead and make the switch in the early Fall season before the snow starts in your area.


Also, make sure you keep an eye on your winter tires for proper depth and tread wear. If you've been storing winter tires and are putting them on now, have them inspected to make sure the tread is still deep enough to take on the winter.


Some signs that you might be ready for a new set of tires includes:


• Vibration when driving
• Cuts to the sidewall
• Bulging of the tire
• Damage to the tire
• Slowly losing air
• Embedded items in the tire


Stop by Royal Oak Nissan and we'll get you set up with a new pair of winter tires or inspect the ones you have.


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