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Let’s be honest: the weather outside is… unpredictable, especially in the heart of these winter months. With constantly changing temperatures and road conditions, being as prepared as possible for the road ahead is crucial. A big part of that is having the right tires. After all, they’re the components that help ensure the vehicle stays connected to the road and help give you peace of mind when you hit the road in the winter!

Chances are that the tires installed on your vehicle are all-season tires designed to withstand a wide range of weather conditions throughout all four seasons. But depending on where you live, you may wonder if winter tires — also known as snow tires — are a better solution to navigate your vehicle during winter. Let’s dive into the differences between these two types of tires to help you decide what’s best for you.

Winter Tires vs. All-Season: What’s the Difference?

To help you evaluate the best tire option for your vehicle, here’s a high-level look at both all-season and winter tires.

All-Season Tires
The most common type of tire available, all-season tires, are designed to be a jack-of-all-trades, providing good traction in various conditions like dry roads, wet terrains, and light snow. They’re made from a harder rubber compound that can withstand higher temperatures without wearing out too quickly. Additionally, the tread patterns on all-season tires are less aggressive, designed to provide a smooth, quiet ride and longer tread life. However, they don’t perform as well in extreme winter conditions as winter tires.

Winter Tires
Winter tires are designed to be driven on surfaces affected by winter conditions, such as sleet, ice, and snow. They’re made from a softer rubber compound that remains flexible even in extremely low temperatures, allowing them to maintain better traction. The tread patterns on winter tires are also unique, featuring deep grooves and sharp, biting edges to grip snow and ice. Additionally, they have a high sipe density — tiny slits in the tread that provide extra biting edges for improved traction.

Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires: Which Option Is Best for You?

Choosing between all-season tires and winter tires for the colder months depends on where you live and your area's weather conditions. 

Winter tires are the best choice if you live in an area where heavy snowfall and icy roads are common. Their superior traction and control in these conditions can help improve handling and reduce braking distances, resulting in increased safety on the road. 

On the other hand, if you live in an area where you may only get occasional mild snowfall, all-season tires might be a more practical choice. They offer decent performance in most weather conditions and do not need to be swapped out when the seasons change. All-season tires are also known for their longevity, making them a more economical choice in the long run.

Visit Your Local Jiffy Lube for Tire Services

No matter what tires you choose, you’ll want to ensure they’re ready for winter. Stop by your local Jiffy Lube® for all your tire maintenance services, such as rotations, repairs, replacements, installations, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) services. When you come in for service, trained technicians will:

●    Ask the right questions to better understand your driving style and conditions
●    Check and record your vehicle’s “on arrival” tire pressures
●    Check and record your vehicle’s tread depth
●    Inspect and record the overall condition of your vehicle’s tire sidewalls and treads

Peace of mind is important when hitting the road during the winter, and the team at Jiffy Lube can help provide.

NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or check to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.

Jiffy Lube technician inspecting brakes