Here’s Exactly Why Snow Tires Are So Much Better Than All-Seasons
Do you need snow tires? Probably—even if you don’t plan on driving in heavy snow.
If you’ve ever shopped for new tires, you’ve probably seen a display ranging from winter to summer options, with all-seasons in between. But do you know what the difference is between the two and why it’s often worth buying a set for each season?
To help explain this, our favorite car nerd, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained, breaks down the difference between summer and winter tires. His explanation goes pretty in-depth, but the most important takeaway is that winter tires are engineered to stay grippy when it gets cold. The rubber in summer tires offers more grip when it’s warm, but below an ambient temperature of 45 degrees or so, they get too hard to provide effective grip.
All-seasons, on the other hand, try to marry the best attributes of both summer and winter tires. Ultimately, that means compromising on performance. It’s definitely better to use all-seasons instead of summer tires in the winter, but you’re never going to beat dedicated winter tires for cold-weather performance. Even if you’re not going to be driving up any snow-covered ski slopes this season.
Peterson Lexus Your Snow Tire Resource
The right tires help compliment the safety features on your vehicle to handle the weather. At Peterson Lexus we offer many winter tire options for your Lexus. If you are considering switching to winter tires call Nick Hessing our Lexus Accessory Specialist to help decide what tires would be best for your Lexus. Rest assured, that as your local Lexus dealer you can trust us to help you find the right tires for your vehicle. Call Nick today for a price quote at 208-378-9009 or email him at email@example.com.
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