Winter VS All-Season Tires

You’ve probably heard the song “Slip, Sliding Away” by pop artist, Paul Simon. Without winter tires, that’s precisely what you could be doing this year on treacherous winter roads. You say you have all-season tires, but consider this: all-season tires are appropriate in “mild” winter conditions – light snow, slush and temperatures hovering around zero, but in “extreme” winter driving conditions, you want all the advantages that winter tires provide.

Let’s start by examining the differences.

First Difference: Winter tires employ a unique rubber compound that remains flexible in cold weather conditions. Did you know that below 7 degrees Celsius, the rubber compound in all-season tires harden, resulting in a loss of traction, stability and control? It’s a fact. And here’s something else to consider. As compared to winter tires, all-season tires can take up to 30-meters farther to bring you to a full stop in snow and icy road conditions.

Second Difference: Winter tires deliver enhanced safety and reliability. In addition to improved stopping ability, the aggressive tire treads and sipes (small slits in the tread blocks) are designed to enhance flexibility and to push snow and slush away from your tires while you’re driving. The result is better handling, performance and maneuverability.

Car enthusiasts love a well-executed “drift” but not if it’s a snowdrift. And no-one enjoys sitting in the ditch waiting for a tow truck. Quite simply, winter tires outperform all-season tires on ice, soft and hard-packed snow conditions. And you can save yourself the hassle of all-season to winter tire installation by purchasing a second set of rims, tires and sensors. One set for warm weather driving and a second set for winter driving – it’s easier than you think.

Here at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre, we carry a full line of winter tires by the best manufacturers – available in a range of styles and sizes. And for your convenience, we offer free tire storage. Your best tire price is assured with our Price Match Promise. So whether you live in Lacombe, Bentley, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake or pretty much anywhere in Central Alberta, you get the best tire deal.

You wouldn’t go out in a blizzard wearing running shoes and a summer jacket, so don’t venture out onto winter roads with tires designed for warmer-weather driving.

Trade Slip, Sliding Away for (Safely) On the Road Again with a new set of winter tires from Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre, next to Lacombe Ford. Life really is better in the Quick Lane!