Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires: Which is Best for You at LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter?
When you shop with us for LaFontaine tires, you’ll have a big selection to choose from. This time of year, a popular question from our customers is, “Does my car need winter tires or all-season tires?” Let’s take a closer look at both.
What are All-Season Tires?
Many Chevrolet vehicles comes straight from the factory with all-season tires. This is because all-season tires offer reliable year-round comfort, tread life, and performance. From wet spring roads to hot summer roads and light wintertime driving, you can count on all-season tires to perform well in a variety of conditions. However, when it comes to heavy winter driving – lots of snow, icy roads, very cold temperatures – winter tires are the better choice.
What are Winter Tires?
Over an average winter in Michigan, heavy snowfall, icy roads, and whiteout conditions aren’t uncommon, and they make for a dangerous driving environment. Winter tires are specially designed to perform in these environments, giving you peace of mind that your car will safely get from point A to point B.
What Advantages do Winter Tires Offer?
Winter tires offer three key advantages:
- Tread rubber: As the temperature drops, the tread rubber of an all-season tire will stiffen and lose its ability to provide good traction. This could result in an emergency visit to our Chevy service center. But on winter tires the treads are engineered for maximum flexibility, providing a consistently strong grip with the road.
- Tread depth and patterns: Whereas all-season tires have shallower tread depth to allow for more fluid turning and cornering, winter tires have deeper tread depths, coupled with unique tread patterns. This approach maximizes traction by minimizing snow buildup on the tire. Also, the tires’ tread pattern helps to channel snow, slush, and water away from the tire.
- Biting edges: Shop for winter tires with our Chevrolet dealers and we’ll show you another unique facet of a winter tire: “biting edges”. These are thousands of tiny slits “punched’ into the tire tread in order to boost wintertime traction – especially on slippery roads.
Shop for LaFontaine Tires Today
Shop for LaFontaine tires today at LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter. Our tire pros will give you exactly what your car needs to “weather” every harsh Michigan winter for years to come.