Winter tires vs. all-seasons

Which is right for your vehicle?
Published: Feb. 8, 2022 at 4:07 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Something you might not have put much thought toward when prepping your car for the winter is putting winter tires on. Having two sets of tires is expensive and you need storage space for a set of tires you’re not using. But the question here is if that work is worth doing?

The answer is a little more complicated.

According to Steve Hunt at Peoria Plaza Tire, winter tires are not 100% necessary for everyone and that all-season tires will work in most situations and conditions.

“The way tire technology it is a standard all-season will get your round just fine. When we get some major weather the comfort of a winter tire sometimes helps, but the all-season tire will work just fine for most times of the year.” Said Steve Hunt.

We also asked him the types of vehicles that may benefit most from winter tires and he said passenger cars like sedans and small SUVs will benefit the most compared to larger vehicles like trucks.

Hunt said he receives feedback from his customers all the time and when someone switches to winter tires they are usually overwhelmingly positive, however, he also receives very positive feedback from the all-season tire customers as well.

In conclusion, if you can afford it, have the space, and believe you will be driving in some of the nastier conditions winters can bring, using winter tires will help you out. However, if you don’t get winter tires, you will likely be just fine. Though you shouldn’t use summer tires in the winter, that will cause you noticeable issues when there is snow and ice.

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