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Winter and cold weather tires

If you haven't purchased new tires before, the prospect can seem challenging. With so many things to consider, it may be hard to know where to begin. This guide will outline all of the essentials - from understanding the most basic differences between all season, performance and winter tires to reading your tire sidewall information to ensure that you purchase the right size and type of tires for your vehicle.

Tire Differences:

All Season Tires
As the name suggests, all season tires are designed to provide safe driving over a wide range of conditions. The advantage to all-season tires is that they can remain on your vehicle spring, summer and fall, but may not be suitable in cold temperatures or snowy weather. They also provide a quieter ride than winter tires.

Performance Tires
Dedicated summer tires will improve the performance and aesthetics of your vehicle. Performance tires are designed for handling and stability, which can result in a stiffer tire. This may affect the comfort of your ride. The tread is also wider to provide more contact with the road and better dry traction. The special compound used enhances performance but may not provide the same tread wear as all-season tires.

Winter Tires
Winter tires use special compounds to improve your traction, stopping and handling whenever the thermometer dips below 7°C/45°F. Although all-weather tires are good in many conditions, they don't provide the same grip and control that winter tires can in cold or snowy weather.

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