Why Buy All-Weather Tires This Summer?
By Integra Tire Canada
What are all-weather tires is probably your first question! First, let’s discuss the most common types of tires: all-season tires, winter tires, and all-weather tires.
These are tires that are designed to perform best in temperatures over 7°C; therefore, they are best used in the late spring, in the summer, and in the early fall. These tires have a rubber compound that will stay harder in hot temperatures, which will help your traction with the road and your ability to handle corners. In comparison, winter tires will get soft and sticky in warm temperatures, and this not only makes you lose traction but also causes you to get lower gas milage. All-season tires will also have a longer tread life in hot temperatures compared to all-weather tires and winter tires.
These are tires that are designed to perform best in temperatures under 7°C; therefore, they are best used in the winter months. Winter tires have a special rubber compound that stays softer in cold temperatures, which gives you the ability to stop easier and gain traction around corners. All-season tires will get too hard in cold temperatures and this will cause you to lose traction and take longer to stop. All-weather tires will stay softer in cold temperatures but aren’t able to meet the same pliability as a winter tire can.
These tires are a balance of winter tires and all-season tires. They perform best in moderate temperatures; therefore, they can be used year-round in more temperate locations. If you live in an area that doesn’t reach sub-zero temperatures or reach blazing high temperatures, all-weather tires will be the perfect tire for you. All-weather tires will stay softer in cold temperatures compared to all-season tires and will stay harder in hot temperatures compared to winter tires. All-weather tires will wear down faster than a winter tire or an all-season tire, so you may need to purchase them more frequently. On the up-side, purchasing all-weather tires saves you money on tire change overs since you can leave them on year-round. They also save you space since you don’t need to keep another set in storage as you would if you had a set of all-season and a set of winter tires.
If your tire tread is getting low, now’s a good time to start shopping for new tires. If you’re not sure how much life is left on your tread, you can watch our YouTube video to learn more about it:
If your tread is measuring 2/32” or less, then it’s time to visit your local Integra Tire and ask about the best tire options for your vehicle. If you’ve read through the three tire choices and you’ve decided that all-weather tires will work for your climate, then now’s a great time to make a purchase! If you decide to wait to purchase new all-weather tires once the snow falls, you may be limited to which selection you can choose from because in our busy snow season, tires sell-out quickly! Starting your research and making a purchase before the snow flies, is your best bet for getting the perfect tires for your vehicle. Stop in to your local Integra Tire today!
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