All-Season Tires vs Winter Tires

The snow is beginning to fall, temperatures are dropping below zero, winter jackets are coming out, and dreaded winter driving conditions are upon us. There are many ways to get ready for the winter season personally, but your vehicle also requires some attention. One of the most important components to look after is your tires; they are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the road. Automotive consumers from St. Albert, Beaumont, Leduc, Spruce Grove, Devon, Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan and surrounding areas of Alberta have always wondered if there is a benefit to switching your tires every season. At West Side Acura, we want to make sure you enjoy your vehicle to its full potential but be safe simultaneously; that's why it's important to have the right tires on your vehicle for the various driving conditions we experience in Alberta. Our tire centre has the solution for you, with a wide selection of winter and all-season tires for your consideration. To make things more convenient, you can schedule a service appointment online and get the process started. Now let's find out how each type of tire impacts driving and why we should change them every season.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are designed to tackle the extreme weather and climate fluctuations in Alberta. The rubber compound used to manufacture winter tires are designed to withstand temperatures below seven degrees. As rubber tends to contract when it gets cold and expand when it warms up. Winter tires also have a more aggressive tread pattern designed to cut through snow, ice, and slush. The tread pattern also prevents snow from getting stuck in your tires and pushes it away.

All-season Tires

All-season tires are promoted by many tire shops as the year-round tire. However, there are a couple of points we need to consider. Like winter tires, all-season tires serve a purpose, and because of this, they are designed and engineered to perform better in different settings. All-season tires should be used when the temperature is consistently above seven degrees. The rubber compound they are manufactured with performs best when the temperature is warm, providing optimal grip. All-season tires also tend to create less road noise because of their tread pattern. If you need more information please don't hesitate to contact us.

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