It can easily reach into the 100s in July, and dip down below zero in January. But come April and October, you can easily witness all four seasons in just a few hours of time.
That makes it difficult to know what to plan for when you head out the door in the morning. It also makes it difficult to know what kind of weather your vehicle will face on the drive in.
Should you have plenty of windshield washer fluid for splashback? Check.
Should you ensure your brakes are always in good condition to handle everything from dry to icy conditions? Add a check there too.
But when it comes to what tires to put on your vehicle, it’s hard to know what to do. Summer tires will provide good traction on the hot pavement the summer brings. Winter tires will help with traction no matter how much snow or ice is on the road. But changing tires can be difficult at best. And at what point do you make the change?
Maybe an all-weather tire makes more sense.
What are all-weather tires?
As the name implies, all-weather tires are designed to offer you traction and stability in all kinds of driving conditions. The tread is created to handle summertime heat along with slushy, icy, snowy roads. The specialized rubber used to create the tires provides flexibility in a variety of driving conditions. Like when you move from sunny, warm weather in the morning, to icy, snow-packed roads by the evening commute.
Don’t mistake all-weather tires for all-season tires. The name may be similar, but their performance isn’t. Where all-weather tires are designed to handle different road conditions, all-season tires are designed to function in all four seasons. They provide stability to handle the average of each season, meaning some rain, and very light snow.
All-weather are designed with unique tread perfect for gripping the road no matter what conditions exist. Hot pavement, wet roads, or snowy, winter conditions can all be navigated well with all-weather tires. They have deep grooves which help reduce hydroplaning when the roads are wet, plus ample flexibility for handling when the snow starts to fall.
The pros of all-weather tires
When you are ready to purchase a new set of tires, it’s important to consider your drive before you make your final selection. Do you drive dozens of miles per day? Is mountain driving a part of your daily commute? Do you navigate dirt roads and back country driving? Or is everything a few minutes from your urban home?
All-weather tires have improved traction on most road surfaces. All-weather are designed moving across different types of terrain at different times of the year. They provide good traction in all driving conditions here in the Denver Metro area.
All-weather tires provide a year-round solution. If you’re tired of changing from summer to winter tires, storing them, and wondering when to change, all-weather may be the perfect choice for you.
All-weather tires provide decent solutions on ice and snow. If you commute a few miles to work each day, relying on snowplows to help clear the roads, all-weather tires can be a viable solution. They handle decently on snow and icy roads.
Investing in all-weather tires can also save you money over buying both summer and winter tires. This saves you from bringing your car in twice per year for switching them out, and storing them while they aren’t in use.
The cons of all-weather tires
This is all about expectations. It’s about knowing what you demand from your driving experience.
If you want the ultimate control for driving in snowy conditions, you’ll never beat snow tires. All-weather tires offer flexibility to help you move through the different road conditions Colorado faces each year, but nothing will ever compare to what true snow tires offer. All-weather will get stiff in extreme cold, and will reduce traction between you and the road. This comes down to where you live and drive – how much traction do you really need each day?
All-weather will also have delayed reaction on icy roads when compared with snow tires. They may be a step up from summer tires and all-season tires, yet still fall below the ability of snow tires.
All-weather tires will also be a little more difficult to drive with in deep snow. If you tackle the deep stuff regularly, nothing will handle better than snow tires designed for winter driving conditions.
Which are the best tires for you?
Before you make your final decision, ask yourself a few questions.
- What are my daily driving conditions like?
- Do I spend more time driving in certain conditions than others?
- Do I spend more time in urban or rural driving conditions?
- Do I have the room to store tires?
- What’s best to work with the car I drive?
- What kind of driver am I?
Your tires are an important part of your vehicle’s braking system. To ensure they provide good traction and help you stay safe year-round, select the right tires for you.
Are all-weather tires a viable option for some Colorado drivers? You bet. Stop by today. We’ll help you make the right choice, and help keep your vehicle in good driving condition no matter what the weather is like outside.