Not everyone has to worry about driving in cold weather, but if you do, you should know that a good set of winter tires can make a big difference. According to Sean Phillips, author of “All Season or Snow Tires,” it’s important to understand that winter and all-season tires are different and have distinct characteristics. If you’re on the fence about buying a set of winter tires, keep reading. We’ll help explain why it could be a good investment.

According to AOL Autos, winter tires are constructed differently than all-season tires. The tread pattern on winter tires is designed to help them dig into ice and snow. This gives them better traction in winter weather. But tread patterns aren’t the only difference. Bankrate.com explains that the rubber compounds in all-season tires harden in colder temperatures. This causes them to lose their grip on the road and become less effective. Winter tires, on the other hand, are made of a softer rubber that grips the road better in colder temperatures. With all these benefits, should you leave winter tires on your car all year? AOL Autos says that while you could leave them on, it’s not a good idea. Winter tires wear faster in warm weather because of the softer rubber2. So it’s best to switch back to all-season or summer tires when the weather starts to heat up.

Still not sure if winter tires are right for you? This article from Bankrate.com can help you determine if your car is a candidate for winter tires.

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