What are the differences between regular tires and snow tires?

The official kick-off to the winter season is just three weeks away, so we can finally say…winter is coming (cue Jon Snow). We love a lot of things about winter, but slippery roads are not included on our list of favorite things. Slippery conditions can cause a lot of stress to drivers while on the road, especially if regular tires are used. But are winter tires really necessary? Keep reading and we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about the differences between regular tires and snow tires! 

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Snow tires vs all-season tires 

All-season tires are capable of handling a variety of road conditions. They excel on dry roads and are equally impressive on wet roads, but they lack when it comes to gaining traction on snow-covered pavement. That doesn’t mean they can’t handle light snow, however. Many all-season tires are still able to perform if there’s a small dusting of snow covering the road, but if there’s more than just a little bit of powder on the road, you’ll want to invest in a good set of snow tires. Snow tires are specifically designed for cold climates where snow is a regular visitor, allowing drivers to cruise over ice, slush, and snow easily. All-season tires have a tread compound that hardens when the weather gets cold, whereas winter tires use rubber compounds that prevent them from freezing. This gives them a better grip on the road, even when the pavement is covered with a layer of ice and snow. 


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Do I need four winter tires or can I just buy two? 

If you are thinking about purchasing winter tires, we highly recommend purchasing them in sets of four. Regardless of whether your car is equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, you don’t want to have two different types of tires on one vehicle. Replacing all four regular tires with snow tires will give you the best grip on the pavement, which is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe while on the road. 

Have additional questions about the benefits of putting snow tires on your vehicle in the winter? If so, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Compass Volkswagen or stop right in and see us at our location in Middletown NY! Those interested in taking a peek at our online tire store can do so online here!