Breaking Down The Three Categories Of Auto Tires

Posted on: 4 April 2022

Need to buy new tires for your car? You may have trouble selecting between all-season, summer, and winter tires. Here is what you need to know about these three different categories to determine which one is best.

Summer Tires

Putting summer tires on your vehicle is going to be great for your vehicle's overall performance due to their superb handling. In addition, summer tires are going to work better than other tires when driving in the rain. However, be aware that summer tires are more for car enthusiasts than the typical driver making a daily commute to work.

Summer tires will cost more money due to having a higher speed rating, which is because the tire is made with higher quality rubber. This better rubber gives the tire additional grip on the road, which also leads to the tire wearing out faster. Summer tires are for people that want to go faster and make tighter turns but will perform horribly in the snow.

Winter Tires

If you live in an area that is wet and cold, winter tires can potentially be a lifesaver. Winter tires have tread patterns that have deep grooves within them, which allows the tire to accelerate, brake, and grip the road in the snow. Tires that have the "3PMSF" certification, which is identified with a three-peak mountain with a snowflake in it, have undergone testing to verify that they are rated for extreme snow conditions. There is also an "M + S" indication on tires, which means that the tire is suitable for muddy and snowy roads. However, the mud and snow indication is not certified by an independent third party and can be added by the manufacturer. 

All-Season Tires

As the name implies, all-season tires are going to perform well in the summer and winter. Some all-season tires even have the 3PMSF certification as well, even though it is not that common to see. The rubber of an all-season tire is not going to be as hard as a summer tire, and not as soft as a winter tire, which helps it fall somewhere in between the two. 

Many people like all-season tires simply because they can be used year-round. There is no reason to swap tires for the colder weather season, and no need to store that extra set of tires as well. However, it is still best for people that live in regions that don't have extreme winters where their tires need all of the grip on the road that they can get. 

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