What are the differences between winter tires and all-season tires?

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017
Differences between tires

Colorado front range driving requires all-season tires. Colorado mountain living may require winter tires, depending on where you live and your vehicle type.

Rubber compound refers to the ingredients used during manufacture of the tire. There are specific recipes for compounds used in each type of tire.

Soft Rubber Compound:

  • Wear rate is significantly faster than hard rubber compounds
  • Adheres to road surfaces very well (In snow and wet conditions)
  • Used most commonly in winter tires

Hard Rubber Compound:

  • Lasts longer
  • Does not adhere to road surface as well as softer compounds
  • Used more often in all-season tires.

Global Notes About Tires:

  • Grip refers to the road-holding ability of the rubber (Similar to basketball shoes)
  • Tread depth refers to how much rubber is on the tire
  • Wear bars are markers built into tires that indicate the end of usable tread life
  • Some tread designs work better than others
  • All-season tires in the front range of Colorado are a pragmatic year-round solution
  • Ambient and road surface temperatures affect grip dramatically (Cold tires usually do not grip as well as a warm tire)
  • Worn tires simply do not work as well as new tires on any road surface other than dry and clean asphalt or concrete (Worn tires can sometimes grip dry roads better than a tire with tall tread blocks – but when the rain or snow comes, worn tires are positively dangerous)
  • Winter tires are not intended for year-round dry road use
  • 4×4 and AWD vehicles require a set of 4 new tires when replacing (all 4 tires must have same circumference otherwise damage to the drive system may occur)
  • Tires have a shelf life – replacement is advised after 6 years and no more than 10 years
  • Tires are your vehicle’s only connection to the road – don’t take an unnecessary risk


Todd Colchin

Colchin Automotive, Inc


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