By now, drivers all over the world are familiar with the concept of winter, summer and all-season tires. While you were probably taught to switch out of your tires every season, you may not know the reasons behind it.
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you’re in the same place as many Canadian drivers – you’ve got plenty of options and each has their own set of benefits and limitations.
Lucky for you, we’ve made things simple.
Here, we’ll look at the differences between winter, summer and all-season tires. By taking into account your vehicle and your driving conditions, you’ll be able to make a choice that fits your unique lifestyle.
If you just bought a new vehicle, chances are it came with a set of all-season tires. This is because their unique tread compounds are able to perform adequately in both dry and wet road conditions.
During the summer season, all-season tires provide both great riding comfort and handling. However, unlike summer tires, you’re sacrificing on grip, steering, braking and cornering. If you’re in a performance vehicle, this makes all-seasons potentially dangerous in high-speed situations.
During the winter, all-season tires are capable of providing moderate traction for most vehicles. Subcompact cars may want to switch into winter tires for better traction, while all other vehicles should switch if extreme driving conditions are forecasted.
The bottom line, all-season tires are a blend of both summer and winter tires. You should consider all-season tires during moderate road conditions.
PROS: Great in a moderate climate, longest lifespan, more fuel efficient, easy handling.
CONS: Unsafe during bad weather conditions or at high speeds.
If you’ve got a need for speed, summer tires should definitely be on your shopping list. Dubbed as “performance tires,” these soft rubber wheels are made to make maximum contact with the road.
Typically recommended for warmer weather, summer tires can handle both wet and dry roads. However, once the temperature drops, conditions may cause the rubber to chip and crack.
You should consider performance summer tires if you’re driving a performance vehicle. That’s because each tire is designed for performance and agility. The unique tread pattern not only improves responsiveness but offers better cornering, braking and precision.
PROS: Made for performance vehicles, great in warm weather, improved responsiveness, cornering, breaking and precision.
CONS: Unsafe in cold weather.
If you’re worried about your car slipping during snowy or icy road conditions, switching over to winter tires may be a great choice. Winter tires or “snow tires,” are made with a deep tread pattern, flushing out excess slush and snow while on the road. The rubber compounds also offer more grip in cold temperatures and wet pavement
Once the warmer weather kicks in, the flexible rubber of winter tires starts wearing off – decreasing your handling capabilities as the tires get soft and squishy. That’s why all-season or summer tires are recommended after the temperature rises above 5 degrees.
In Ontario, choosing winter tires also lowers your insurance premium. Once on, call your broker and ask your policy to be updated. With better handling, you’re more likely to stay accident-free, meaning a decrease in your monthly insurance payments.
You should consider investing in a good pair of winter tires if you drive in snow and ice. Small vehicles that don’t weight a lot would also benefit by switching to winter tires and it will provide extra traction during the cold months
PROS: Made for extreme weather conditions, provide more grip and traction during snowy conditions.
CONS: Unsafe in warm weather.
Go Dodge Has Tires For Every Occasion
Finding the best brand for your vehicle isn’t simple. At Go Dodge Don Mills, we’re always happy to help. Our certified technicians know the best option for every vehicle, so you can stay safe no matter the season.
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