Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires | Evansville Kia

2020 Kia Telluride driving in snow | Evansville, IN

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When you buy a new car, it is most likely wearing all-season tires. However, all-season tires should really be called three-season tires as they are not ideal for winter driving conditions. Here are a few key differences between winter tires and all-season tires.

Winter Tires

• Winter tires are also called snow tires.

• They are made with a unique rubber compound that stays soft and pliable even when the temperatures are below freezing.

• The tires are designed with special tread patterns that help cut through snow and ice.

• The tread patterns also help prevent the build-up of snow on your tires.

• The edges of snow tires have a “bite” pattern that gives your car better traction on wet, snowy roads.

• Winter tires have a Severe Snow Conditions Symbol on the sidewall.

• If you use winter tires when the weather starts to warm up, the tread will wear down a lot faster. Your winter tires should be removed when temperatures are consistently above 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

• The softer rubber can hamper your handling if you try to use winter tires in the summer.

• It is smart to get a set of winter tires if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow each winter, like here in Indiana.


All-Season Tires

• All-season tires are designed to work well in wet and dry conditions at above-freezing temperatures.

• These tires have low rolling resistance, which can help save energy and cut down on fuel consumption.

• The asymmetric tread pattern is designed to give you good traction on wet roads and a good grip when the roads are dry.

• All-season tires have longer tread life than season-specific tires.

• You can use all-season tires in the winter; however, they will not perform as well as winter tires.

• When the weather gets colder, the rubber in all-season tires can start to harden, which can cause you to lose traction.


Interested in upgrading to winter tires? Schedule a service appointment with us here at Evansville Kia in Evansville, IN.

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