All-weather tires are great tires if you reside in an area with severe winters that require tires with the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol. All-weather tires hold this same emblem, also used for winter tires, and are therefore safe for use in snow and ice. This allows drivers to use one set of tires through out the year, with no need for changeover. This eliminates the need of storing a second set of tires in the garage.
With an all-weather tire you can safely handle snow and ice, as they offer excellent grip and handling. All-weather tires hold the severe service emblem or three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, as mentioned, which signifies that they are designated for use in severe winter conditions. All-weather tires have intermediate tread compound that offers excellent grip in all kinds of road conditions. They are actually sort of a hybrid between winter tires and all-season tires, making them ideal for all seasons. This is why during the cold season when the roads are icy, snowy and wet they work just as well as during the other seasons. Even though all-weather tires are rated for severe winter weather use, it needs to be noted that nothing outperforms a studded winter tire on ice, especially for lateral traction.
Additionally, the unique tread pattern has grooves that effectively remove snow, slush and water out from under the tire to ensure excellent grip and reliable handling under all conditions, thereby protecting from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can also occur when snow melts and there is slush on the road. This can assure hydroplaning resistance both in heavy rain or melting ice and snow. This allows vehicles to maintain proper contact with the road and provides the stability you need to handle your vehicle safety and comfortably.
All-weather tires are the only tires that can be used year-round if the winters are mild in your area. If the area you live in does not have winter weather, all-season tires can be considered for year-round use. All-weather tires outperform all-season tires in the winter, as all-season tires are not recommended for severe winter weather. The many new innovations in all-weather and all-season tires alike make them both well-suited to handle the other three seasons of the year. Most tires offer low rolling resistance to save fuel, and thereby the environment, without forgoing safety and handling.