Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires.

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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires.
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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires.

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Our vehicles are an essential part of our lives so it’s important to keep them maintained and updated. However, tires can sometimes be a last minute thought. Tires are an important part of our vehicles, therefore, it is important to know their basics. Car tires are not only designed to support the weight of the vehicle, but also transmit traction and absorb road shock. Therefore, having the right set is crucial to a smooth driving experience. 

To ensure the best performance, tires are designed for different seasons and weather conditions. For example, all-season tires and winter tires. Why is it important to have the right type of tires for certain seasons and environments?

The main components of tires are weather conditions, type of rubber, optimal temperature usage, and tread patterns. These elements are implemented in different tire types to ensure the best performance in the needed environments.

Main components of tires are tread rubber, tread depth and pattern, and biting edges. 

  1. The tread rubber refers to the rubber surrounding the circumference of the tire which makes contact with the road or the ground. The pattern of the tread rubber can vary to meet environmental conditions. For instance, in extremely cold temperatures, the tread rubber is designed to remain flexible, allowing the tire to grip the road better.
  2. The tread depth and pattern refer to the varying shapes and designs on the tires. These patterns can vary to withstand the weather conditions. For instance, winter tires have deeper tread and unique tread patterns. These designs reduce snow buildup and provide better traction in the winter. Winter tires are designed to withstand deep snow, and slush and expel water. 
  3. The biting edges are featured in winter tires to increase grip and high sipe densities. High sipe density refers to increasing surface area to increase grip. This is achieved by tiny slits in the tread to provide traction in icy conditions. 

The two main types of tires are all-season tires and winter tires. 

1. All-season tires are designed for warm, dry, and wet conditions. All-season tires are not designed for deep snow conditions, however, can withstand light snow environments. The finer treads provide a grip for warmer weather conditions. This provides a range of traction to withstand varying environments and conditions. 

2. Winter tires are designed for deep snow and icy conditions. The rubber used in winter tires softens in colder temperatures to maintain grip. The big blocky treads provide better traction in colder conditions. Some winter tires can include studs that provide even more traction in icy conditions. 

You may be wondering why can’t you use just one type of tire all year round?

Tires are designed to cater to different temperatures and conditions. For instance, with winter tires the softer rubber is a liability in hotter temperatures as the chemical properties will start to change. A further example is that all-season tires tread patterns don’t grip properly in the deep Alberta snow. Keep in mind that some areas can allow for the use of all-season tires all year round, however, you should talk to your tire technician to see what's right and safe for you. 

Autoplex Alberta has just launched their AMVIC licensed tire-change center with certified technicians. We are always here to help with your tire change needs.  If you still have residing questions regarding your vehicle or tire needs, contact Autoplex Alberta to help resolve any concerns. 

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