A very common question we get during the Fall and Winter seasons is whether someone needs four winter tires, or if they can get away with two. The simple fact is that installing two winter tires on any vehicle is quite dangerous.
You are probably better off not installing any. If a rear-wheel drive vehicle has two snow tires installed in the rear, you’ll certainly be able to get moving a lot easier. But what happens when you need to steer, or stop? You have tires on the front of the car that may not be up to the task. If a front-wheel drive vehicle has winter tires installed only on the front, it is very easy for the rear of the car to lose traction going around a corner, or under braking, which can lead to oversteering (fishtailing). Winter tires are so much more capable than the snow tires of yesteryear, and grip so much better; it is not a good idea to install only a pair.
This leads into another area, which is four-wheel drive. Of course, four-wheel drive will help any vehicle, regardless of tires, to get moving more easily in inclement weather. You have twice as many tires clawing at the ground than normal. However, once you stop accelerating, and start to coast, or brake, or turn… Four-wheel drive is doing absolutely nothing for you other than being a few hundred more pounds to bring to a halt. This is where having a winter tire on the vehicle becomes a very good idea.
What is an All-Weather tire? Everyone has heard of an All-Season, Winter and Summer Tire, but an all-Weather tire? To be classified as an All-Weather tire, a tire needs to be first an All-Season, and second branded with the Mountain Snowflake symbol found primarily on Winter tires. So how can this be, an All-Season Tire that has a Mountain Snowflake.
Where did this magical tire come from?
It all started off with a small company called Nokian years ago with a tire they called the WR. Nowadays you can find the All-Weather tire in a few others manufacturers like, Hankook, Goodyear, and Vredestein to mention a few.
So problem solved, there is no need to make Winter or All-Season tire right? Well.. it’s not that simple. To say there is a magical tire compound is like saying there is one car on the road that can suit every need. We know that is not the case, some tires are better in snow, some better on ice, some better for wet and some better for dry, etc. It is prudent to know what type of tire an All-Weather tire really is. An All-Weather tire is nothing more than an All-season tire with a compound soft enough and with enough siping to pass the minimum standards of being considered a legal Winter tire.
Is an All-Weather tire good in the snow? Well, not as good as a dedicated Winter tire. Is it good in the wet? Well not as good as a dedicated Summer tire. It is what it is; a legal in Winter All-season tire.
So what we recommend for your car? That’s a really easy question to answer by asking the right questions. One popular All-Weather tire is Vredestein's Quatrac 3. Give us a ring at 1-877-877-1010 or contact us and we could give you a great recommendation.