Types of Tires

There are many different types of tires to choose from and it can be confusing to decide which type is best for your vehicle.  Learning the difference between the various types and their main functions will help you make the right choice.

Here are 4 common types of tires:

  • Summer Tires
  • Winter Tires
  • All-Weather Tires
  • All-Season Tires

Summer Tires:

Summer tires are also known as performance tires. They’re best used during warmer seasons when temperatures are above 7 °C.  The soft rubber composite provides better grip, handling and braking on dry and wet roads. These tires also provide great performance in wet driving conditions while preventing your vehicle from hydroplaning. It is not recommended to drive with summer tires in freezing temperatures for the safety of you and your vehicle.

Winter Tires:

Winter tires provide excellent grip and traction in snowy weather compared to all-season tires.  They perform best when temperatures falls between 7 °C and -30°C. The treads are designed specifically to grip snow, ice, slush and sever winter conditions and reduce snow build up. Winter tires provide control and confidence needed to drive in winter conditions.

All Weather Tires:

The rubber compound of all-weather tires is designed to work effectively in temperatures above and below 7 °C. They are capable of being used during mild winter conditions with heavy rain.  The tread provides great grip and stability against snowy, slushy and wet roads.

All-Season Tires:

All-season tires are designed to perform all year round; however, they will begin to lose traction once temperatures reach below 7 °C. They provide grip and traction in wet and snowy conditions and have stable handling in both wet and dry weather. In comparison to winter tires, they do not perform as effectively in snowy condition. All-season are an ideal option for drivers who live in moderate climates and don’t experience extreme cold or hot weather.


Visit one of our six Destination automotive dealerships to consult with our highly trained Service Advisors for recommendations and expert advice.

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4451 Still Creek Drive,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399
Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632
Destination Hyundai
445 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 292-8190
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666
Destination Honda
4780 Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632

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