If you live in areas with changing weather patterns, you may need to change the tires on your car along with the changing seasons. While tedious at best, replacing tires can also get expensive, especially as the tires you own wear down or become damaged. Fortunately, you can place all season tires on your car so that you can drive year round in all types of weather and driving conditions without having to change the tires on your vehicle for each season.
The advantages and disadvantages of all season tires:
Advantages of all season tires - All season tires have many great advantages over summer or winter tires. They provide better performance and handling in wet conditions, as well as when encountering light snow. Depending on where you live, you can leave all season tires on your vehicle year round, saving you the expense of having to keep a set of winter tires handy.
All season tires act as a midpoint between summer and winter tires. The deeper grooves of an all season tire gives it better grip in deep water. The added durability of these tires also makes them a better option over summer tires in most conditions. The only time a summer tire might make a better choice is in areas with mainly warm, dry weather with little rain.
Disadvantages of all season tires - While an all season tire is great during most driving conditions, they do have some drawbacks. The main drawback is that during extremely cold temperatures, the compound with which all season tires are made becomes harder and reduces the traction provided.
In addition, all season tires are designed to deal with rain, but not to handle snowy conditions. One of the main problems in driving with all season tires in snow, slush, or ice is that the treads seem to fill with snow and ice, leading to decreased traction. In such cases, a winter or snow tire would serve the purpose better. Where winter tires win out over all season tires is in areas that see significant rainfall, colder temperatures, and a need for tires that grip better in such conditions. This is especially true in areas where drivers can expect to encounter differences in elevation while driving, such as in mountainous areas that experience inclement weather during the winter season.