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Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Winter Tire

If you’re in the market for a new set of tires, you may be wondering about the difference between winter tires and all-season tires. While winter tires are solely meant to be used in the winter to combat cold temperatures, snow and ice, all-season tires can be equipped year-round.

However, if you live in an area with harsh winters, you should consider investing in a good set of winter tires. Learn more about winter tires vs. all-season tires and some winter tire storage tips below. If you have any questions about winter tires vs. all-season tires, tire pressure in winter, or a related topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires: What’s the Difference?

Here is a quick breakdown of winter tires vs. all-season tires:

  • While all-season tires are meant to be used year-round, they are made of a rubber compound that can freeze and get brittle if the temperatures get too low.
  • Winter tires are made of a special rubber compound that remains flexible in low temperatures and ensures maximum grip on icy roads.
  • Winter tires have a unique groove pattern that boosts your traction in winter weather by preventing snow and ice from building up on your tires.
  • Winter tires can penetrate deep snow more efficiently than all-season tires thanks to their biting edge design.

With this in mind, we highly recommend investing in a set of winter tires if you live somewhere with cold, harsh winters. Of course, you’ll still need a second set of tires for when summer rolls around, as winter tires are not able to withstand hot weather like all-season tires can. This brings us to our next topic: winter tire storage.

Winter Tire Storage Tips

Before putting away your winter tires, be sure to thoroughly clean and cover them to prevent corrosion while they’re in storage. Winter tires should be stored in a clean, temperature-controlled space. Stack them on top of each other and rotate their positions every so often to prevent any indentations or other deformities.

Turn to DeYarman Automotive Group for Your Tire Care Needs

Getting snow tires is just one of many ways you can prep your car for winter. Of course, you’ll also need to regularly check your tread depth and monitor your tire pressure in winter to stay safe and maintain optimal performance – and our service center can help! We have convenient locations in Indianola and Knoxville, IA, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us if you need a tire rotation or any other service. If you found this guide useful, be sure to check out more service tips and tricks from our experts.

 

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