All-Season, All-Weather, What's the Difference? | Maple Street Tires

All-Season, All-Weather, What's the Difference? | Maple Street Tires

If you need new tires, Tracy’s Automotive can help. Tracy’s carries all types, sizes and brand of tire to meet any driving need.

You were headed to the Second Saturday Outside Marketplace when you noticed that the tread on your tires was more than a bit low. It’s definitely time for some new wheels. Thing is, it’s a awkward time of year for a new set of tires. It’s not cold enough to take the plunge on a set of winter tires. But it seems counter-productive to buy a set of summer tires only to change them over in a few weeks when winter sets in.

Still, your tires are bald enough to make you worry about safety and possible flats or blowouts. You’re wondering if you could buy a set of all-weather or all-season tires and use them all year long. While you’re considering the possibility, you’re wondering what the difference is, if any, between an all-season and an all-weather tire.

There is a difference. explains: “All-season tires have tread patterns that will work in snowy conditions, but the rubber is less pliable under 45 degrees Fahrenheit. … An all-weather tire, on the other hand, has deeper grooves and a siping – lateral grooves – to ‘claw’ at the snow when driving during the winter. But the tread pattern isn’t the main differential between an all-weather and all-season tire. The tire compound on an all-weather tire is a little softer than an all-season as well, which allows it to be more pliable at colder temperatures.”

That means all-weather tires are better in really cold weather than are all-season tires. explains:”Essentially, an all-weather tire gives you the best of all worlds during every season, considering its compound is close to an all-season tire, but it has a pattern closer to a winter tire. That being said, if you live in an area where the winters are harsh and the temperatures are constantly below freezing, a winter tire is still recommended.”

So what’s the best decision for you? Well, that depends in part on you, your car, your driving style and how often you drive in really cold weather. Your best bet is to have a long discussion with a Wichita tire expert about your situation and your needs. You can find a knowledgeable tire pro at any Tracy’s Automotive shop. Tracy’s Automotive also has a full range of tire choices for you.

Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

Tracy’s Automotive is a proud dealer for Jasper Engines and Vogue Performance Exhaust systems.

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