• All-Season, Summer or Winter Tires?

    October 16, 2018 | Blog
  • summer and winter tires What’s the difference between all-season, summer & winter tires?

    As the calendar flips to winter and preparations are made for the holiday season, people all over the Granite City, IL area know it’s a good time to check their tires and made any replacements if necessary. However, one question that consistently puzzles our customers is whether they need summer, winter or all-season tires. Simply put; it’s really about where you live, your driving habits, and what time of the year you’re thinking about replacing your tires. Your local tire shop can always help you make these decisions, but here are a few things to think about as you ponder your next tire move.

    Summer Tires

    The appeal for summer tires is their ability to maintain traction in the wet conditions that we experience throughout the spring and summer seasons. Also, the rubber compound used to makes tires designated as “summer tires” is formulated to handle the hotter temperatures of the summer and shed water to increase traction. Use summer tires during warm months following the final freeze.

    Winter Tires

    By contrast, winter tires are much more adept at handling the slick and frozen conditions of the winter in the Midwest. In Granite City, IL, and throughout the Metro East, it can be tough to know what weather you’re getting from one day to the next in the winter. It could be snow, freezing rain, slush, etc. Winter tires use tread designs that reduce the buildup of snow, slush, and ice. Furthermore, many winter tires feature biting edges and tread designs that dig into the ground when snow or ice cover it. Finally, the rubber compounds used to make winter tires are specially made to stay soft in low temperatures and better grip the pavement.

    All-Season Tires

    All-season tires are a compromise between summer and winter tires. They utilize medium-sized tread blocks and tread designs that are made to perform well, no matter what covers the ground. Additionally, all-season tires are convenient for the average driver because they don’t require buying new tires until they wear down.

    winter tire tread

    Get Professional Help

    If you’re still having trouble figuring out what type of tires you need, there’s no shame in calling the local professionals that offer years of experience. At Shroyer Tire in Granite City, IL, we serve customers throughout the Metro East with tire mounting, flat tire repair, new tires, tire balancing, wheel alignment and other helpful services.

    Shroyer Tire, located in Granite City, serves customers throughout the Metro East Area!