Tire Guide: All-Season vs. Winter vs. Summer Tires
The type of tire your car wears should be dependent on the general climate and conditions in which you drive daily.
There are three primary tire categories to choose from: summer, winter, and all-season. Each differs with respect to rubber composition as well as tread depth and pattern. Selecting the correct tire for your vehicle will have implications on performance (braking and cornering), safety, and ride comfort.
Briefly, these are the characteristics of each type of tire:
- Summer tires: Designed for maximum grip and handling when road conditions are dry and overall temperatures are relatively warm
- Winter tires: Intended for use in cold weather conditions such as snow, ice, and slush
- All-season tires: Possess attributes of both summer and winter tires and perform well in rainy conditions. They are a versatile choice for warm and cool climates, but not ideal for extreme conditions in either direction