Since their debut in 1977, all-season tires have served as year-round rubber for many drivers, but do they truly have what it takes to get you where you need to go when winter's worst weather pays a visit? The answer is far from cut-and-dry, and the difference between the best all-season tires and dedicated winter tires in some instances is small. To help shed more light on the matter, we've created a guide to help Massachusetts Toyota drivers see the differences between all-season and winter tires.
All-season tires have to deal with a wide range of conditions while keeping noise levels low. Because of this, they're designed to be good in numerous situations, but great in few.
A. Large tread blocks mean sure-footed grip in dry weather.
B. Longitudinal grooves help evacuate water in rainy conditions.
C. Close spacing between tread elements keeps tire noise down.
D. Chunky tread blocks help shed snow and slush to maintain traction. The tread is deeper than all-season and summer tires to dig through snow, slush, and ice.
E. Specially designed sipes grab onto ice to aid braking and turning in even the slickest conditions.
F. Jagged edges on the tread blocks also help grip in slippery conditions.
Which is right for you? Well, that depends on your vehicle and your daily drive. If you need help choosing the right tires for your Toytoa or Scion, please call our Boston tire service center and our professional staff will help steer you in the right direction.