It’s no surprise that driving in Saskatchewan can sometimes be a wild experience. So, when it’s time to buy new tires, one of the first things we consider is our climate. Still, the age-old question that resonates with every Saskatchewanian is “do I rotate between summer and winter tires, or is it sufficient to stick with all-season tires year-round?”
Let’s break it down.
Winter tires are designed to have a tread pattern effective when driving in snow and slush and that can withstand freezing cold temperatures. Not to mention, they greatly help with shorter braking distances when ice and snow are a factor!
Summer tires, on the other hand, are excellent in offering road grip, improved handling and shorter braking distances on warmer, dry and rainy roads.
Just as you’d imagine, All-Season tires are designed to work in a variety of weather conditions, including those with mild winters. All-Season tires also have differing categories within their bracket, which includes safety and premium performance options.
That said, how do you determine which option is best for you and your vehicle?
Generally, All-Season tires are suitable for everything “in the middle” but fall short when it comes to extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum. Ultimately, they are designed for a balanced performance, providing acceptable function when driving in wet and dry conditions (including some traction in snow) but cannot compare to driving with winter tires in extreme winter conditions. Built for the average driver, All-Season tires are engineered to provide longer tread life than summer tires, so you can get more life from your tires.
Live in temperatures that range from hot and humid to freezing? You may want to opt for summer or all-season tires in the warmer months, and winter-exclusive tires in colder months. Winter tires will operate far more effectively on snow, slush, and ice when compared to all-season tires, making you feel more confident while driving through the frozen tundra.
The difference between summer tires and all-season tires during warmer months comes down to performance and driving style. Sports car and high-performance vehicle drivers typically prefer the drivability of summer tires that offer better road grip and fast response. If you’re an ‘Easy like Sunday Morning’ kind of driver in the warmer months, All-Season tires might just be the perfect fit for you.
Unsure of what type of tire will be best for you and your vehicle? Contact one of our technician’s today for a tire consultation.