Winter Tires vs All Season Tires


A good set of tires can sometimes be the only thing standing between you and a nasty crash. That is why it is extremely important to choose your tires carefully, especially if you live under harsh climatic conditions. 

Snow, rain, and ice, in particular, can be quite treacherous when driving, hence the need to pick the right tires for you and your loved ones’ safety. In this post, we compare winter tires with all-season tires to help you make the right tire choice.

Performance On Snow

When it comes to performance on snow, winter tires win hands down. They are composed of a rubber compound that’s softer than the one found in all-season tires. This helps the tires squeeze the snow, which is then further packed tightly and finally tossed out when the tires complete their rotation. 

Additionally, more vigorous tread patterns than usual also give an extra edge to winter tires. Both softer rubber and more aggressive treading give winter tires superior traction making your vehicle more stable and easier to stop when needed.

It is also easier to accelerate your vehicle in the snow with winter tires. The reason is that winter tires latch on to more snow than all-season tires, and snow on snow leads to higher traction than regular rubber on snow. 

So, winter tires will give you more traction and hence, make it easier for you to accelerate and stop in the snow. If you live in an area that gets some serious snow in winters, then we recommend investing in winter tires.

Performance On Ice

As with snow, winter tires perform better than all-season tires on ice as well. Again, the tread pattern and softer rubber make winter tires a cut above the rest when driving on ice. Winter tires are able to squeeze more water from the ice resulting in superior grip and traction. You will definitely be safer on ice with winter tires on your ride.

Cost Factor

Winter tires can be expensive to get and install in Cranbury, Princeton, and West Windsor. The cost will vary according to your wheel size, but they will be high-priced nonetheless. Moreover, if you get your tires mounted on already existing wheels, you will have to exchange them every season change. This can become a significant recurring expense. So, if you have a constrained budget, winter tires can seem like a big spend. But with all the benefits mentioned above, they are worth the money in a lot of cases.

Source: Nissan