When it comes to snow tires vs. all-season tires, the right choice for you depends largely on where you live. The cold weather is closing in on us, so if you’re getting ready to replace your tires and you’re having trouble deciding, we’re here to help.
If you live in an area that usually doesn’t get worse than light snow, all-season tires will last you throughout the whole year. These are made to give you a great ride year-round, so you get a nice, quiet ride and good traction in light snow. With all-season tires, you sacrifice some of the more tailored features of summer and winter tires, but in moderate climates you probably won’t notice a difference.
On the other hand, if you live in a place that gets very cold and experiences heavy snowfall and icy roads, you’ll probably want to switch over to winter tires for the season. The grip is specifically made to grip well onto ice and wet roads, and many drivers report feeling much more in control of their vehicle when using winter tires. Don’t leave these on year-round though—summer and all-season tires are better for spring and summer.