All-weather tires versus winter tires

All-weather tires

All-weather tires versus winter tires. Both these tires have passed performance criteria in snow testing and therefore hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake“ symbol signifying their approved use on snow and ice. Snow tires, however, come both as studded tires as well as a non-studded version. The all-weather tires come with the advantage of being used throughout the year, thereby eliminating the changeover of tires. Choosing what tires to get depends on your willingness to change over tires at the beginning and end of winter. However, the disadvantages of the all-weather tires are that they have more aggressive tread than all-season tires, which can cause a higher rolling resistance compared to that of all-season tires. All-season tires are a good option in areas where there is no need to drive on ice and snow and where the severe snow service rating is not needed.

There is no doubt that severe winter weather calls for a tire rated for snow and ice. With all-weather tires and winter tires having this rating, the choice remains between all-weather tires and snow tires. There is no safer option in severe winter weather than dedicated winter tires. The significant advantage with all-weather tires in unpredictable winter weather is that you do not need to change tires, thereby not second-guessing the timing of changing into or out of winter tires, which can be tricky since winter doesn’t arrive on a scheduled date. With innovations in all-weather tires allowing them to perform on snow and ice, winter tires have made the all-weather tires very popular in recent times. In current testing, all-weather tires performed as well, if not better than winter tires. Below freezing temperatures is not a problem for the all-weather tires, which have excellent grip on all road surfaces in a wide temperature range.

With many new all-weather tires on the market, tires like the Nokian Encompass AW01 all-weather tires, consumers have a choice.  These tires provide all-year-round safety in all weather conditions. With reliable grip all year round in the heat of summer, through spring rains, and winter ice and snow. These tires keep you safe no matter what the forecast holds. Strong Aramid fibers embedded in the sidewall allow for additional protection against potholes and other road hazards. Innovations in the rubber compound and tread design allow these all-weather tires to perform equally well on snow, ice, wet and dry asphalt. The added benefit is the aramid enforced sidewalls making these tires virtually puncture-proof.

All-weather tires can keep you prepared when the weather changes rapidly.

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