Most vehicles rolling off the assembly line come with all season tires. However, when winter hits in Rome, Utica, and Manlius, it may be worth investing in a set of winter tires.

There are a few key differences between winter tires and all season tires. In the following post, Nye Volkswagen of Rome compares winter tires vs. all season to help you decide which are best for your vehicle. Here’s everything you should know:

What are All Season tires?

Winter Tires vs All Season

All season tires are popular for a variety of reasons. First, all season tires deliver a quiet, smooth ride. Second, they have a long tread life and help improve fuel economy.

All season tires are flexible and versatile during the spring, summer, and fall months. However, unlike winter tires, which are equipped for handling in snow or sleet, all season tires may not provide the traction you need on slick road conditions.

All season tires are not designed for extreme winter weather the way winter tires are. During extreme cold, all season tires stiffen. As a result, all season tires may not provide adequate traction on snow or black ice. All season tires are great in warm, mild climates, but may not provide the grip you need once temperatures and snow start falling.

How are winter tires different than all season tires?

If you live in an area prone to black ice, sleet, or heavy snowfall during winter months, we recommend replacing your all season tires with winter tires. Road conditions can be dicey at winter’s height, but the right tires can give you the traction and grip you need on slick, slippery roads.

Winter tires have unique specifications for tread depth, tread rubber, pattern, and biting edges, which are thousands of slits on a tire’s tread that improve traction. These also ensure that winter tires remain flexible in frigid conditions.

Furthermore, winter tires deeper tread depths than all season tires, which are designed to expel water, reduce snow buildup, and improve handling on icy roads.

If you do invest in winter tires, be sure to switch them out once spring arrives. The rubber winter tires use are not equipped for warm temperatures, resulting in fast wear and tear.

Winter Tires vs All Season : The Verdict

Depending on the climate you live, we recommend replacing your all season tires with a set of winter tires during winter months. All season tires are usually sufficient in areas receiving light snowfall, but winter tires are best in places prone to blizzards, freezing rain, and black ice.

Before winter arrives in Rome, Utica, or Manlius, the Service Department at Nye Volkswagen of Rome can fit your car with all season tires during our business hours from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.

To get your set of winter tires, browse our Tire Store online and then schedule a service appointment at Nye Volkswagen of Rome.