It is not always necessary to get dedicated winter tires if the geographical area where you reside does not have severe winters; in this case all-weather tires might suffice. Many areas in North America experience mild winters where an all-weather tire is well-designed to tackle the changing seasons with snow, ice and rain included. There are many good all-weather tires on the market, tires such as the Nokian WR G3 all-weather tires.
The Nokian WR G3 all-weather tires are designed to deal with varying weather conditions without compromising stability or control, even at high speeds. The Nokian WR G3, with its low rolling resistance, remains fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly. These tires are also made of environmentally friendly products like canola oil as well as other premium products. No toxic or carcinogenic chemicals are used in the production of these tires. The tires are able to handle any weather conditions all year long, even snow and ice.
All-weather tires, though not dedicated winter tires do carry the Three-peak Mountain Snowflake symbol that implies they have undergone rigorous testing and are therefore rated for use in severe winter conditions. This indicates the tires have excellent grip and handling, even on snow and ice. The Nokian WR G3 is designed with polished grooves on the tire tread which effectively clean snow, slush and water off the tires. This is especially important in deep snow or slush. These polished grooves also help provide protection against hydroplaning, especially from slushplaning, which can be of concern when the snow melts. In addition, they employ self-locking 3D sipes on the center ribs which reduce heat resistance, making the tire extremely durable and a great performer on both snowy roads and bare asphalt.
The advantage of using all-weather tires compared to dedicated winter tires is the possibility to use one tire year-round, with no changeover necessary. This, of course, alleviates the problem of storing a set of tires in the garage. All-weather tires are somewhat of a hybrid between a winter tire and an all-season tire, so they can be trusted even during the winter months as they are rated for usage on snow and ice. All-weather tires hold the advantage over all-season tires, as all-season tires are good for only three seasons: spring, summer and fall.