Why Buy Winter Tires
- Fine grooves in each tread block are called “sipes,” and they dramatically increase the amount of texture and grip on ice.
- Softer compound sticks better to ice and snow.
- Deep voids and wide spaces between tread blocks offer more room to squeeze out rain and snow.
- Shorter braking distances and reduced lateral sliding on slick surfaces.
Disadvantages of Winter Tires:
- More tire noise, especially at highway speeds.
- Softer compound wears out slightly more quickly.
- Tire swaps required in Spring and Fall.
Advantages of All-Season Tires:
- Low tire noise.
- Relatively long lasting.
- Can be driven year round without tire changing hassles.
Disadvantages of All-Season Tires:
- The jack of all trades is the master of none. An all season tire doesn’t grip warm asphalt as well as a summer tire, and doesn’t grip snow or channel water as well as a snow tire.