Designed to handle all Canadian driving conditions, all weather tires have a specific rubber compound and tread design that enables them to perform well in light to moderate rain, snow, and ice. All weather rubber compounds are softer than an all season, providing traction and performance both above and below 7°C.
All weather tires are designed to fit a need between the all season and winter tire offerings. Aimed at consumers who live in northern climates, they help avoid the burden of changing from winter to summer tires with the changing of each season.
Keep in mind that an all weather tire will wear faster than an all-season tire during the summer months due to the change in temperature and a softer tread compound, but, not as fast as a winter tire if they are left fitted to your vehicle.
All weather tires carry the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, allowing their use on many Canadian highways during the winter months without the use of chains.
Difference between All Weather and All Season Tires
Simply stated, an all season tire is not intended for extreme winter conditions (cold, ice, snow, slush), and does not carry the Mountain Snowflake designation.
All weather tires aim to bridge the gap between an all season and a winter tire, providing improved winter handling and options. All weather tires are permitted on Canadian highways that require the mountain snowflake, adding convenience for urban drivers who venture up the mountain or into the country on weekends.
Difference between All Weather and Winter Tires
Just as an all weather tire will wear faster than an all season in warmer climates, the same holds true between an all weather and winter tire. The all weather tire may have similar winter capabilities but, it is not a real winter tire and does not come off at a regular interval as winter tires do.
Speak to one of our experts to see if an all-weather tire is a right choice for you.
All weather tires are not studdable.