All-season or all-weather: A great tire debate

Don't know the difference between all-season and all-weather tires? Don't worry because you're not alone. People often confuse them and what conditions they're meant to handle. This short article will help you sort through the differences to choose the right set of tires with confidence.

What’s the big difference?

Both all-weather and all-season tires perform well in summer and winter. However, they each have their strengths when compared to each other.

All-Weather tires perform well in both summer and winter seasons. But all-weather tires are better than all-season tires in the winter. All-weather tires carry the 3 peak mountain snowflake symbol and all-season tires typically do not.

NOTE: All-weather tires still do not perform as well in winter as winter tires. For more info on winter tires, check out some Facts and Fiction About Winter Tires.

All-Season tires usually last longer than all-weather tires. The all-weather tread is made of different materials, and it has to be able to stand up to colder weather and harsher conditions. So, it's normal for its tread to wear down faster than all-season tread.

Get the right set of tires for you

If your daily drives take you through wet conditions or snowy weather, do yourself a favor and consider getting a set of all-weather tires:

If your daily drives rarely see rain or snow, get a set of all-season tires: