All-Season Tires vs. Snow Tires

October 31st, 2014 by

Winter’s here and it’s time to get your car ready for the challenges that winter brings to residents in and around Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Center, Yarmouth, Windham, Freeport, and Cumberland Foreside. Berlin City Honda of Portland can get your car ready for winter; just contact us online, by phone or stop by to make an appointment today. Having the right tires on your car will make winter driving much less stressful.

There are two main differences between all-season tires and snow tires:

Tread compounding: Most snow tires feature a softer tread compound that performs best in cold temperatures, allowing for a good grip on winter roads.
Sipes: Tread sipes are the small cuts and grooves all over the face of a tire. Sipes grab the road and stick to the road’s surface as the tire rotates.
All-season tires don’t have as many sipes because as the sipes make contact with the road they move and wiggle, which creates heat. In warm temperatures, too much heat would build up and the grip on the road would be negatively affected.

Tread rubber is one unique feature of snow tires. In very cold temperatures, the tread rubber of all-season tires stiffens and is unable to provide sufficient traction. Tread rubber compounds of winter tires remain flexible, allowing the tires to grip the road better.

Tread depth and patterns is another unique feature of snow tires. Deeper tread depths reduce snow buildup and provide better traction. Winter tire tread patterns push through snow and slush and expel water.

The folks at Berlin City Honda of Portland will explain why it’s important to always put a full set of the same type of tire on your vehicle. Give us a call if you live in or around Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Center, Yarmouth, Windham, Freeport, or Cumberland Foreside.

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