August 12, 2021
All-weather and all-season tires might sound alike, but they’re really quite different. In today’s post, we explain the value of Michelin all-weather tires for drivers who want true four-season protection.
Read on to learn more about the four-season performance capabilities of Michelin all-weather tires, and find why so many drivers choose the Michelin all-weather CrossClimate, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to speak directly with a Michelin all-weather tire expert near you.
All-weather tires and all-season tires might sound like two different names for the same thing, but they’re not.
All-season tires are often referred to as three-season tires because they fall short of the severe snow safety requirements stipulated by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), which favour aggressive treading, multidirectional siping, slush grooves, and special cold-weather compounds—all of which all-seasons typically lack. Moreover, unlike Michelin all-weather tires and specialty winter sets, all-seasons experience considerable performance drop-offs at temperatures colder than 7°C.
Though they seemingly share the same year-round designation, all-weather tires are quite different. Whereas all-seasons tread patterns are designed with wet-and-dry performance, noise reduction, and low-rolling resistance in mind, all-weather tires have relatively aggressive tread, and they carry the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (TPMSF) symbol, which means they’ve completed TRAC’s ASTM F-1805 winter driving traction test.
Compared to all-seasons marked with the M+S (mud and snow) symbol, Michelin all-weather tires with the TPMSF symbol stop up to 30% shorter in freezing temperatures, says one study by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.
If you’re facing severe snow and ice, or you demand the very best winter performance, TRAC still recommends investing in a specialty winter set. But for those enjoying warmer winters in Southern Ontario or BC’s Lower Mainland, all-weather tires can get the job done in all four seasons.
If you’re looking for four-season protection, Michelin all-weather tires are a great place to start. Instrumented tire testing conducted by the Automotive Protection Association ranked Michelin all-weather tires among the top-4 picks for 2019-2020.
Their testing focused on Michelin’s first all-weather tire line, the CrossClimate, which offers:
● Superior braking across all four seasons. With their silica-based tread compound and bevel-edged tread blocks, Michelin all-weather tires offer superior braking performance on wet and dry roads.
In track tests measuring braking performance on wet pavement, this Michelin all-weather tire was already stopped while its top-4 competitors were still driving at over 38km/h. On dry pavement, Michelin all-weather tires beat the top competitors by 4.8m.
● All the right sipes. This Michelin all-weather tire boasts 3-D full depth sipes designed to provide long-lasting traction in wet and snowy conditions, putting it nearly on par with many snow tire options in terms of winter road grip.
● Long-lasting manufacturer’s warranty. These Michelin all-weather tires carry a 90,000km limited warranty in addition to the standard materials and workmanship warranty for tread or mileage. And when you buy them at your local TIRECRAFT, this warranty coverage stacks with our Advantage Plus Program.
To browse all the best all-weather tire options in one place, and get honest advice on how top competitors stack up against Michelin all-weather tires, contact your local TIRECRAFT and set up a free tire consultation.Back