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Author jwernerny Date Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:17 pm Views 18879
Description What about All-Season Tires?
Category The Snow Tire FAQ Type FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Rating 10/10, 1 vote(s) [Rate Article]
3.04. All Season and All-Weather Tires
What about All-Season Tires?

All-Season Tires work fine in southern California's four seasons, none of which includes snow. All-Season tires tend to be more of a marketing hype then a real rating. There may be some All-Season Tires that are good in snow, but most are junk.

A friend of mine had All-Season Goodyear GT+4 tires on his 90 Talon TSI (AWD). At a control I was working in a rally, he came through on time, but then discovered that his All-Seasons tires and AWD did not help him stop before the ditch. We spent 2.5 hours trying to get him out before our sweep vehicle extracted him. The next year he got a good set of Winter Snow tires and has not had problems since.

On this same rally, I also worked the first control of the event. It was at the end of a “seasonal use” road. When I pulled up at the top end of the road, the snow-mobilers who were just loading up their rides asked me where I was going. I told them I was going to the other end of the road. “There ain't been no cars down this road in two months. Ya' ain't gonna make it.” My RWD Volvo Turbo with four Nokian Hakkapeliitta-10's made it without getting stuck. I did discover that snow-mobiles do not take the same lines through corners as cars and that their tracks are hard not to follow.

At the end of the road, a farmer saw us and was nice enough to get out his plow equipped tractor and make a place for us to stick our car out of the way of the rest of the rally. A year later, he was busted for supplementing his normal crops with a field of long leafed plants used for “medicinal” purposes... No wonder he was so friendly.

What is the difference between "All-Season" and "All-Weather"?

All-Season tires are not designed for severe snow conditions. They are designed to have acceptable snow capability while providing the best performance in summer conditions. Although most All-Season tires have an M+S (Mud and Snow) rating, they do not meet the Severe Winter Service Traction Standard.

Recently, Nokian introduced an All-Weather tire, the NRW. It meets the new Severe Winter Traction Standard, yet can still be run year round. It was originally designed for year-round use in Finland, the home of Nokian Tires. The NRW was one of the tires reviewed in 2001.

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