Should I Buy All-Season Tires or Snow Tires this Winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 6:18 pm
Close up of the tires of a car driving through deep snow

Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires

It’s not long before we start to see heavy snow on the ground. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for winter is to have the right tires on your vehicle. That raises the question of whether snow tires or all-season tires is the best option. That answer depends on where you live and how dangerous the roads can get. Here is what we recommend for drivers in Maryland and Virginia.

Rear angle of a car driving in heavy snow with another car driving towards it[ READ MORE: Tips on How to Prepare your Car for Winter ]

What are All-Season Tires?

As you can guess, these tires are great for a variety of road conditions. Rain or shine, these tires can hold the traction you need to get you to your destination. However, does “all-season” include the winter season?

While all-season tires can handle some winter conditions, they aren’t recommended for areas that gets heavy snow. The rubber on these tires stiffen in the bitter cold and may not get you the traction you need. Snow may also collect within the tread, leaving you with less grip on the road. If you are in an area that sees light snow or no snow, then you will want to consider all-season tires. However, if you live in an area like Washington DC, then having all-season tires can be dangerous. So, let’s take a look at the alternative.

Benefits of Snow Tires

Snow tires, also known as winter tires, are designed for harsher winters. The rubber is built to handle the extreme cold better for less stiffening and more traction. As you look at a snow tire, you will notice unique tread patterns and more depth. More depth means more snow can be collected before the tire loses traction. The patterns are designed to help channel snow and slush while allowing water to exit. Lastly, snow tires have biting edges over the tread. These little slits help you control the vehicle when on ice. For harsh weather conditions like here in New England, we recommend using snow tires during the winter.

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Even with snow tires, you should always drive cautiously during the upcoming winter months. For more tips and tricks like this, follow the Karen Radley Acura blog! Stay safe!

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