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There are both similarities and differences between all-weather tires and non-studded tires. For the similarities they both hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake” symbol signifying that they have met required performance criteria in snow testing and can be considered severe snow service rated. The main difference being that all-weather tires can be used in all seasons whereas the non-studded winter tires can only be used in winter. Even though the non-studded tires have less restrictions than studded tires they are still not made for use in other seasons but winter. The new generation of all-weather tires have shown to be as good on snow and ice as winter tires while holding the advantage of all year-round use.  With rubber compounds that are adapted to endure a wider temperature range than dedicated snow tires that are not meant to be used in warmer weather. There are many good all-weather tires on…

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There are some real benefits with non-studded tires compared to studded tires with the main benefit being that their use is not restricted as with studded tires. In fact, only 7 States allow unrestricted use of studded tires. With new innovations in tire technologies the new generation of non-studded tires perform virtually the same as studded tires. In addition, not all winter weather conditions call for studded tires. In winter weather that doesn’t have lots of ice and hardpacked snow, non-studded winter tires will suffice. This is because the main reason for the studs is to dig into ice and very hard packed ice. In other winter conditions the performance of regular non-studded tires might even exceed the performance of studded tires. This is because if the road is not covered with ice and hard-packed snow then the studs actually decrease traction potential. On wet or dry roads, the tire…

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Winter tires should not be used other seasons but winter. This is important not only due to the damage the winter tires can do to the roads but also due to the damage the increased temperature can do to the tires. The disadvantages therefore of winter tires are the fact that they are made only for the winter season and as such their use is limited to winter alone and if using studded tires, even more so. This is because studded tires and their dates when they can be used are even more limited and in some States their use is even forbidden. There is no doubt that winter tires both studded and non-studded tires are great for severe winters with lots of snow and ice with studded tires performing the best on hardpacked snow and ice. However, when using dedicated snow tires, when to change into winter tires as…

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It is important to change out of winter tires after the winter season. Not only because of the damage that they can do to the roads but also due to the damage that the increased temperature can do to the winter tires. The disadvantages therefore of winter tires are the fact that they are made only for the winter season and as such their use is limited to winter alone. If using studded tires their dates when they can be used becomes even more limited and in some States their use is even forbidden. In addition, it is complicated to know when to change into winter tires as well as out of them as winter does not come on a certain date and varies quite a bit from State to State. In general, it is recommended to switch out of winter tires (studded or non-studded) when temperatures stay consistently above…

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