With fall here and winter approaching and if you reside in an area with severe winters then all-weather tires might be a good option. The all-weather tires hold the “three peak mountain snowflake” symbol, the same as on winter tires. This indicates that they meet the required performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service rated. This is because the all-weather tires are actually a hybrid between winter tires and all-season tires, making them an ideal all year round tires in areas with severe winters. This also allows for one set of tires without the need for change over thereby eliminating the need for storing a second set of tires.
The all-weather tires are made of tread constituted of intermediate rubber compound that offers excellent grip on all kinds of road conditions being as mentioned a hybrid between the snow tires or winter tires and all-season tires, making them ideal for all seasons. This is why during the cold season when the roads are icy, snowy and wet they work just as well as during the other seasons. Eventhough all-weather tires are rated for severe winter weather use it needs to be noted that nothing outperforms a studded winter tire on ice, especially for lateral traction. Having said that not many areas in the United States, nor days of the year require an actual studded tire.
Additionally, the unique tread pattern with grooves effectively clean snow, slush and water out of the tire to ensure excellent grip and reliable handling under all conditions thereby protecting from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can also occur when the snow melts and there is slush on the road. This can assure hydroplaning resistance both in heavy rain or melting ice and snow. This allows to maintain proper contact with the road and provide the stability you need to handle your vehicle safety and comfortably.
All-weather tires are the only tires that can be used all year round if the winters are severe in your area. If the area you live in does not have severe winters then all- season tires can be considered for all year round use. All-weather tires outperform all-season tires in the winter as all-season tires are not recommended for severe winter weather. The many new innovations in all-weather and all-season tires alike make them both equally good to handle the other three seasons of the year. Most tires now a day offer low rolling resistance to save fuel and thereby the environment without forgoing safety and handling.