Snow Tires vs All-Season Tires for Winter Months: Which Should You Buy?
If you’re here, then you’ve likely heard someone say “You need winter tires!” Or maybe it’s the opposite: “Winter tires are a scam to get more money of our you! Don’t buy them!” So, which is it? Are winter tries really that big of a deal? Or are the all-seasons on your car already good enough?
Take a look below to see whether you should get winter snow tires or if all-seasons are good enough.
If Your Get Snow in Your Area…
Snow tires are expensive, but if you live anywhere that gets regular snowfall, they are a must. Even a brand-new set of all-season tires on a vehicle with a dynamic AWD system can struggle when there’s lots of ice and snow and slush all over the roads. Specifically, snow tires greatly outperform all-seasons when it comes to starting and stopping. Considering that many winter crashes happen because you can’t stop when you need to or can’t through that intersection fast enough, starting and stopping ability is a big deal.
If It Only Rains in Your Area…
Unless you regularly get freezing rain in your local area, all-season tires are well-suited to dealing with rain. Assuming they have enough tread left on them, that is. If your tires have less than 1⁄16 of an inch of tread, then you need new tires. And not just for safety reasons. It’s against the law in many places to drive on tires with tread at less than 1⁄16 of an inch. An easy way to tell if you have enough tread is to take a penny and insert it head-side down into one of the tire grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head isn’t covered, you need new tires.