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All-weather vs. All-season for winter

All-season tires versus all-weather tires; what is the difference? The names may be similar and it sounds like they both do the same thing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Let’s start with all-season tires. The name does not describe how this tire really performs. These tires are only recommended for three seasons: spring, summer and fall. All-season tires go best with a set of designated winter tires because deep snow and sheer ice are not friends of these tires. They will get you out of a freak snow storm, but if used all winter, they will potentially make your winter long and treacherous. They are designed to work in temperatures above 7°C. Once the temperature goes below that, the rubber compound tends to become too hard to grip dry or wet pavement and as a result, braking and handling become less effective; a very dangerous situation.

Now let’s look at the all-weather tire. This tire is a true four season tire. The all-weather tire is marked with the severe service emblem for winter conditions, just like a winter tire, but it can stay on your vehicle all year round. These are great for people who do not want to have to deal with winter to summer changeovers every season. Put them on and leave them on. Engineers have designed the tread pattern, along with the high tech compounds to handle snow, slush, rain, and sun; they can handle all that Mother Nature can throw at you and keep going.

Nokian, the pioneer of the winter tire, has the WRG3 and WRG4 all-weather tires that will fit most car and SUV applications.

For the pickup drivers among us, the Nokian Rotiiva AT and Multi Mile Wild Country XTX may be an alternative that best suit your needs. They are not classed as all-weather tires, however, they are four season all terrain tires that have the severe service emblem. Both even come in 10ply!

Want to see if your vehicle is suitable for a set of all-weather tires? Avoid the lineups, comfortably contact us from your home or office at www.KalTire.com .

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