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Winter tires vs. All-Season tires

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With the recent snow fall it’s becoming more and more frequently asked “Should I get snow tires?” “Are snow tires better then all seasons?” Well there is really no perfect answer. It’s really all up to driving preference and location. Only see a few inches of snow a year? All-season tires are probably your best bet. Or if snow accumulates a few inches every week during the winter month’s snow tires might be for you. Snow tires are made of a different style material, they stay flexible at low temperatures and the tread is designed to “pack” snow not “push” snow like all seasons.

Here is a quick comparison between snow and all-season tires:

WINTER TIRES

  • Winter tires can provide enhanced braking performance in snowy & icy conditions
  • These tires perform well in all types of winter conditions – snow, ice, sleet, slush, wet and even cold dry roads
  • Winter tires feature tread designs made specifically for ice, snow and other severe winter conditions
  • They have specially formulated tread rubber that stays flexible at low temperatures for better vehicle control
  • The aggressive tread on a winter tire reduces snow build up
  • Most drivers find that winter tires provide a sense of confidence and control in challenging winter weather conditions

ALL-SEASON TIRES

  • All-season tires are designed to help provide traction and grip in wet and snowy conditions
  • They are made to help provide stable handling and even tread wear in both wet and dry conditions
  • Although all-season tires offer traction in a variety of different weather conditions, winter tires surpass them when it comes to traction in snow and ice

Basically it boils down to personal preference and driving conditions. If you live in an area with hills and constant snow fall and want to feel more in control of your vehicle during wintery conditions then snow tires are for you. If you live in a mostly flat area that doesn’t get much snow and you feel content with your current tires all seasons are probably something you should stick with. We hope this article helps answer any questions about snow tires you may have. If you need any more assistance regarding snow tires or anything related to your Acura feel free to call your local Acura store where we are always more than happy to help!

 

Safe driving,

Acura Columbus

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