Summer or All-Season? The Great Tire Debate


Winter tires are just right for powering through snowy conditions and chilly temperatures, but now that spring is here, it’s time to switch to something designed for warm-weather driving. But should you invest in a set of summer or all-season tires?

What are all-season tires?

Much to the disappointment of anyone who’s been wishing for a one-size-fits-all tire for every driving condition, “all season” is a bit of a misnomer. These tires are more of a three-season solution and don’t provide optimal performance in either hot- or cold-weather driving.

All-season tires are, however, still quite common and are often the type you find on new cars at dealerships. They provide fair grip on the road in a range of temperatures, but you can’t really consider them to be the powerhouse you need for either long summer road trips or winter ski vacations. The more extreme the conditions, the less reliable the traction.

One exception to this is in rainy weather. When the road is wet, the kind of grip you get depends on the depth and design of the tread rather than the type of tire.