Best Winter Tires: All-Season Tires vs. Snow Tires

December 3rd, 2018 by

Winter Tires & All-Season Tires: What’s the Best Winter Tire?

Each year, tire manufacturers make changes and improvements to their tires to ensure a better grip is achieved, especially during periods of inclement weather.

This often leads consumers to question whether winter tires are worth it or if all-season tires will be sufficient.

To determine which tire is ideal, you will need to determine which driving conditions are most common for you.

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Snow Tire Performance

Commutes consisting of roads that aren’t plowed as frequently, or where you see a higher amount of snow accumulation, winter tires might be the better option for the season.

Winter tires will out-perform most all-season tires in the realm of stopping and starting in treacherous conditions. With that in mind, snow tires are not intended to be used throughout the year.

It’s common for winter tires to wear quicker than all-season tires, particularly if you are using them outside of the winter season.

Dry or warm pavement will cause the treads to wear quicker than intended. And treads that have begun to wear will decline in performance and safety. Drivers that have them removed as the winter season comes to an end will have a better experience and the treads will last significantly longer.

Not sure if there are snow tires on your Ford?

Check the tire’s sidewall for the Severe Snow Symbol (a snowflake inside a mountain). The symbol signifies an adherence to a snow traction standard administered by the Rubber Manufacturer Association (RMA).

If you are considering winter tires, keep in mind that you should replace them before the treads are worn to maintain a superior performance.

Severe Snow Symbol on all snow tires

All-Season Tire Performance

Manufacturers will mostly commonly fit vehicles with all-season tires before leaving the factory.

All-season tires offer a quieter ride than snow tires and the tread life can withstand year-round usage. In order to provide an optimal driving experience throughout a variety of weather conditions and seasons, all-season tires tend to compromise summer and winter performance capabilities.

They are approved for a variety of weather conditions including mud and snow by the RMA. While they are capable of handling snowy conditions quite well, they aren’t meant for extreme ice conditions.

For those who do not face snow storms and ice-covered roads on a regular basis, all-season tires can work well for any Ford model. Using all-season tires throughout the year can also save drivers the added expenses that come with having two sets of tires.

For help determining which type of tire will work best for your Ford and the conditions you face during the winter, visit DePaula Ford.

Service Technicians will find a set of tires that will work best for your needs. Whether your Ford is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, there is a set of winter and all-season tires that will help your vehicle perform to the best of its ability.