ALL SEASON TIRES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tires are the most ignored and underrated component of your vehicle. They are the only interface between your Honda and the road to provide traction to accelerate, steer and stop. McFadden Honda knows your vehicle best and will ensure it’s equipped with the optimum choice of tire for your driving needs.
There are rebates available on Michelin and Toyo winter and all season tires. Call our Parts Department to find out how much you can save!
I already have winter tires, why do I need all season tires?
Winter tires are designed to deliver optimal snow/ice performance because the tread rubber compound is designed to hold traction when they harden in cold weather, leading to increased grip of the asphalt. The softer tread rubber compound in winter tires when driven on roads warmer than 7 degrees Celsius will wear quicker than all season tires.
All season tires, on the other hand, are designed to handle a wide variety of wet and dry road conditions and wear equally, due to the harder tread rubber compound, which does not hold traction as well below 7 degrees Celsius. All season tires prepare you for temperature fluctuation around freezing point, which in Lethbridge can last from mid March till late May.
So to put it simply, switching to all season tires will reduce wear on your tires tread, which will cost less over time.
Are all season tires good for winter?
To be concise, no. All seasons are meant for more mild conditions where temperatures don’t drop lower than 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit). When temperatures drop, all season tires can harden and start to lose their traction.
When is the right time to switch to all season tires?
There are a number of indicators to keep an eye out for when deciding to switch to all season tires. One of the best indicators is when temperatures outside live near or above 0°C. That’s when most All Season tires are ready to perform. When the temperature rises and wet road conditions are starting to become common, you will feel confident driving on tires built specifically for the conditions.
What’s the advantage of an all season tire?
- All season tires offers the best balance of traction, performance, longevity and fuel economy.
- Your all season tires are offered in many different brands, sizes, load capacities, and speed rating to match your driving needs.
- All season tires provide the best option for a ride comfort, handling & performance, and exceptional tread wear.
How To Tell If Tires Are All Season
Look for a “M&S” indication on the side. This marking indicates an all season tire. If you see a little mountain with a snow flake inside that’s a winter tire and should be removed when the temperature rises above 7 deg. A summer tire will not have either of these symbols.
Maintenance of your All Season Tires
Tire Pressure: Your tire’s longevity can be increased by maintaining the correct air pressure. The recommended pressure can be found on the driver’s door pillar. Tire pressure should be checked monthly.
Tire Rotations: Properly scheduled tire rotations will promote even wear and prolong the life of your All Season tire.Your tires should be rotated every 8,000km.
Wheel Alignments: Rough roads, winter driving, bumping curbs will all cause the alignment to be altered and in turn cause the tires to wear prematurely. Alignments should be performed yearly.
Tire Replacement: To maintain proper handling and traction your all season tires should be replaced at 4/32″. Time also plays a factor in the life of a tire; It’s recommended that all season tires be replace before they reach 10 year of age.
When should I remove my winter tires and install my all season tires?
When our temperature’s reach 7 degrees its time to put away the winter tires. Warmer temperature’s cause excessive tread wear on a soft winter tire and greatly reduce the tires life. All season tires will out perform a winter tire with performance, fuel economy, on dry roads and in warm temperatures.