Are winter tires worth the price, or are you safe sticking with the all-weather variety?
All season tires are made for a wide range of driving conditions. they handle well most of the year, but when it comes to winter and ice, they could lead you on a slick ride.
The alternative to all season tires in the winter are dedicated winter tires. A set of 4 winter tires gives you the ability to stop quicker and grip icy roads faster, making for a smoother ride.
"Between good winter tires and good all season tires, it could be one to two car lengths at only twelve miles per hour; now multiply that. It's not a straight linear multiplication because of the effects of speed and mass. As you're out on the roads at thirty and forty miles per hour or on the expressway, that distance grows exponentially," says Woody Rogers of Tire Rack
Tire testing was done on two different cars, one equipped with all season tires, and one with dedicated winter tires.
In the red car, equipped with all season tires, it took quite a while to grip the ice, only accelerating to eight miles per hour. Upon braking, the car slid like a hockey puck down the ice with nearly no traction.
Next came the car equipped with winter tires.
There was a noticeable the difference right away. The car gained traction right away, accelerating to 14 miles per hour before hitting the brakes. The winter tires gripped a lot faster, allowing the car to stop a couple car lengths quicker than the car with all season tires.
Remember, there is no need to go all in on two pair when four of a kind always wins.