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Where I live, winters are COLD.
Keep the rubber on the road and don't get stuck. Plow through snow, slush, and ice with confidence.
This is a question we hear a lot: Do I really need winter tires, or are my all-season tires good enough? It's a tough question to answer because so many variables are involved, but for the most part it depends on the winter temperatures where you live. Here's a good rule of thumb: If the winter temperatures where you live are regularly below 44 degrees F, you should invest in a set of four snow tires. If you live in a place where it rarely snows and the winter temperatures are relatively mild, like the Southern United States, your all-season tires are probably fine.
How are winter tires different than all-season tires?
All-season tires are built to handle a variety of road conditions—dry roads, wet roads, and in many cases, light snow. Winter tires are built specifically to perform in winter conditions like low temperatures, ice, slush, and snow. The tread compound of all-season tires can harden in low temperatures, so there’s less traction between the road and your tires. But winter tires use special rubber compounds that stay pliable in the cold, giving them better grip and improved braking, even in extreme conditions.
I have four-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive) so I don't need winter tires, right?
Sorry…wrong. Four-wheel or all-wheel drive improves traction by sending power to all four wheels when accelerating (instead of just 2 wheels, as in front- or rear-wheel drive). But 4WD or AWD doesn’t help at all once you put on the brakes. Winter tires improve traction whether you’re accelerating, turning, or braking.
Do I really need to buy four winter tires, or can I get away with just two?
Winter tires should only be installed in sets of four, regardless of whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. Using two different types of tires can give your vehicle a “split personality” where the front and rear are not working together. For the best handling, control, and safety in tough cold-weather conditions, we strongly recommend using four winter tires.
Plus, if you were to put two snow tires on the front of your car, and keep your all-season tires on the back, your all-season tires wouldn’t wear evenly.
Can I use my winter tires all year round?
We certainly wouldn’t recommend it. When used in warm weather, the softer rubber compound can wear out faster than the compound used in all-season tires. If you used your winter tires year-round, it would end up costing you more than switching between two sets of tires.