If you’ve never put much thought into your tires, you probably have all-season tires. But you may have heard people talk about swapping their tires out for different seasons. The reason for this is because winter road conditions are different and often more hazardous than road conditions the rest of the year. You may not have heard the term “summer tires,” but the name “three-season tires” is likely more accurate, as you’re supposed to have summer tires the rest of the year that you’re not using winter tires. But should you have summer tires or all-season tires? What’s the difference?
All-season tires rose to prominence in the 70s as a marketing ploy to attract buyers who didn’t want to spend extra time and money getting their tires swapped twice a year. However, how all-season tires are made can be concerning; manufacturers reduce the tire’s ability to grip wet roads in order to improve its traction in snow. As a result, you get a tire that’s kind of good at handling in all road conditions, but may slip up in extreme weather.
Overall, swapping your all-season tires out for summer and winter tires is the safer option. However, all-season tires can save you some cash if you live in a milder area without extreme weather. If you have more questions about whether you should choose summer tires or all-season tires, don’t hesitate to call our service department here at Biggers Mitsubishi.