The name “All Season Tire” was born from a misunderstanding, a misnomer if you will. In the 1970s Goodyear released a tire called the “Tiempo”, a tire that was built to be good for every season. Once this was released and became popular other companies began releasing all season tires that gave capable in every condition but not exceptional performance in every condition. Think of them as the “Jack-of-All-Trades-And-Master-Of-None”.
The fact is, all season tires are capable, but only to a point. Also, they are only able to perform to their full potential under a few conditions:
1) The temperature is above 7 degrees celsius: Once the temperature goes below this make the less capable compound in the all season tires stiffen and braking distances are increased.
2) Lack of wear: Like any tire, the newer they are, the better they work. With all seasons the more worn they are the less capable the “Jack-of-All-Trades-And-Master-Of-None” becomes, which can be scary in snow/ice.
Summer tires are the opposite. Above 7 degrees celsius they provide better braking and handling and are considered “performance tires”. They have also earned the name “Three Season Tires” as they function best in Spring, Summer, fall based on the compound the are made of the tread they have. One thing they have in common with all seasons is that they perform best when new-lightly used (as does any product) but these tires are built for dry or slightly wet roads.
This is a tough question. Who are you? Where do you live? Are you in the city or in the country? What kind of car do you have? Where are you driving with it? For any car owner the answers to these questions are going to vary by a large amount. A mom from Fresno California that drives her kids around her and her husbands downtown home in her Toyota Yaris is going to need very different tires than the Ministry of Natural Resource worker from Kenora Ontario Canada who have a double cab truck and is in the bush constantly. You need to look at things like:
- Weight of car.
- Type of car.
- The roads your frequent.
- Your driving style.
- The city you live in.
- The severity of the weather in your city.
This list is only the beginning of the questions you should ask yourself before investing in summer, winter, or all season tires (or a combination of them). One thing is for sure, if you are in a warm climate, chances are you can get by with just all-seasons or summer tires. If you live in any climate (especially a Canadian one) and there are extended periods of weather below 7 degrees celsius, snow of any type, or ice road conditions you would be best served by having winter tires for the months when the weather drifts into that realm. Come to Belleville Toyota for all your tire needs or questions. We are located at 48 Millennium Pkwy, Belleville, Ontario. Call (613) 968-4538 to set up an appointment now.