The benefit with all-weather tires compared to dedicated winter tires is of course the option to keep one set of tires year round. Since the Fosters live in an area with occasional snow in the winter, they wanted to equip their SUV with special SUV all-weather tires since they had read that all-season tires are not really able to handle snow and ice as well. This is why they do not carry the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol like all-weather tires and winter tires. This emblem basically tells you that the tires are able to handle sever winter conditions. This was important to the Fosters, as even though where they live they don’t experience severe winters, it does have snow, ice and possible rain and temperatures below 7 degrees Fahrenheit which makes this tire ideal. The fact of owning an SUV does not equal not needing good quality tires for the winter months because even though the 4-wheel drive optimizes the power transmission delivery it gives only minimal assistance in transverse handling and braking situations. The SUV being a much heavier vehicle actually needs more grip to be able to brake. We decided for the Nokian WR G4 SUV tire. This tire offers both excellent winter grip and driving responsiveness allowing enhanced performance.
Nokian WR G4 SUV tires are designed for all weather durability and excellent handling on snow as well as dry surfaces. It has low rolling resistance thereby making it fuel efficient. It also handles well in wet conditions allowing extra protection from hydroplaning from either rain or slush (aquaplaning and slushplaning). This protection from hydroplaning is due to the deep transverse grooves that combined with the strong, arrow-like directional tread and polished main grooves efficiently remove water and slush. Slush is always of concern when the snow starts melting and you get the streets covered with slush. Where we live it is sometimes not cold enough to snow so instead, we have rain thereby melting the snow creating slush.
The Nokian WR G4 SUV all weather tires can be used all year long where the Fosters live, which of course is convenient as they are not required to change tires and deal with storing them in the garage.