The Differences between Winter Tires and All Season Tires
- 1. They need replacement sets for other seasons: You will have to replace winter tires need when the roads clear up, which almost doubles the cost. So, every season the expenditure may pile up.
- 2. They are more flexible but also fragile: The rubber used to create the winter tires is softer. But it also wears out faster than the one used for all-season tires, if they are used in improper weather conditions. So, they must be swapped out in the summer or fall.
- High Cost: As noted above, both the points indicate that you will need two sets of tires for your car. This may not seem like a worthy investment if you live in a state like Florida. But if you live in the north, then safety comes first. That said, winter tires add to the expenditure on a car.Why you should still consider winter tires:With the disadvantages out of the way, it is worthwhile to look at why it may be worth it in your situation. If your area has a lot of snow, making the terrain slippery, you will not want your car to skid. The keyword here is ‘safety’. Anyone would agree that spending a few hundred dollars is more beneficial for one’s health and car’s condition. Winter tires have a tighter grip, which impedes skidding and slipping. Moreover, if you maintain them properly, you can get away with 4-5 winters with one set. So, given your geographic location and climate, it is a judgment call to make.If you want to learn more about the internal differences, SimpleTire has a great article