Tire Comparison: All-Season vs. All-Weather vs. Winter Tires

Comparison of all-season, all-weather, and winter tires for safe winter driving in Edmonton.

Swapping out your summer tires for winter tires or snow tires is a chore we all must face living in Alberta, but it seems there are more options out there than just a simple switch. Tire companies are producing all-season tires, all-weather tires, and winter tires, but which are the best tires to safely tackle winter driving in Edmonton?

Here is a detailed tire comparison that will help you make the decision.

All Season Tires

All season tires are, to be honest, three-season tires. They are okay for spring, summer, and fall but don’t cut it once the snow flies and the temperature plummets. The tread design on all-season tires is usually smooth and straight, especially when compared to all-weather and winter tires. 

These can grip the road fine in moderate and hot weather and can even repel water when it is raining, but they do not have a safe enough grip or soft enough rubber to manage significant weather conditions including snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

All Season vs All Weather Tires

The terms all-weather and all-season seem the same, but they are not. As confusing as the names of these types of tires can be, all-weather can perform better than all-season in the shoulder seasons. 

They have portions of tire treads that are straight and some that are blockier like winter tires. They are essentially a hybrid between all-season and winter tires and can handle milder winter weather. Unfortunately, our winters are not mild in Edmonton, which is why we recommend actual snow tires.

All Weather Tires vs Winter Tires

“Do I need winter tires?” If you live in Alberta, the answer is yes. While all-weather tires are better than all seasons, the safest and the best tires are winter tires. These have deeper treads that are the best for driving in the snow, slush, and water. The slushy snow can move right through those grooves and provide maximum traction.

They are also softer tires and are designed to remain flexible on the coldest days of winter, giving you the best grip on ice. The harder rubber of an all-season or all-weather tire will slip and slide all over the road on cold days. The soft rubber of snow tires gives you a good grip, but if you use them in warm weather they will wear down quickly. That’s why switching from winter tires to summer tires in spring is essential.

The Best & Safest Option is Winter Tires on Rims

We recommend having your set of winter tires on a second set of rims. This makes changing your tires more convenient and easier for auto repair shops like Revolution Motors. That means it is less expensive to have your tires changed each season.

Some commonly asked questions from our clients:

  • Is investing in winter tires worth it?

Winter tires can significantly reduce braking distances on snow and ice-covered roads compared to all-season tires, potentially preventing accidents and collisions. This increased safety benefit alone can make them a worthwhile investment, especially in regions with harsh winter climates.

Snow tires enhance safety but also offer peace of mind during winter driving. Knowing that your vehicle is equipped with tires optimized for challenging winter conditions can boost confidence and reduce anxiety when navigating icy road conditions.

  • Can I use winter tire in Summer?

Using winter tires in summer is generally not recommended for several reasons.

  1. Performance: Winter tires are designed with a specific tread pattern and rubber compound optimized for cold temperatures, snow, and ice. In warmer temperatures, these tires can become too soft, leading to reduced traction, handling, and overall performance on dry or wet roads.
  2. Wear and Tear: The softer rubber compound used in winter tires wears out more quickly in warmer temperatures. Using winter tires in summer can cause them to deteriorate faster, reducing their lifespan and potentially leading to premature replacement.
  3. Safety: Using winter tires in summer can compromise safety, as they may not provide adequate grip and stability during braking, cornering, and emergency maneuvers. This can increase the risk of accidents and collisions, especially in wet or high-speed driving conditions
  •   Do all four tires need to be winter tires?

Having all four tires with the same tread pattern and rubber compound ensures consistent traction and handling in winter driving conditions. Mixing winter tires with all-season or summer tires can lead to uneven grip levels, affecting the vehicle’s stability and control.

Get Winter Tires

Revolution Motors offers a wide variety of the best winter tires in Edmonton and can help you purchase a second set of rims too. Don’t wait until you are stuck or already sliding all over the roads. Give us a call at 780-900-3749 and we can help you select the best tires for your vehicle. We can also book appointments for winter tire installations and changes.

We all know that cold temperatures, ice, and snow can wreak havoc on our roads and make winter driving a dangerous and daunting experience. Stay safe this winter and invest in a second set of winter tires.

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Posted 12/22/2017 by in Auto Advice

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