There are roughly 156,164 crashes annually due to icy roads. Avoid being part of this statistic by ensuring your vehicle is fully equipped with the parts it needs. This includes the purchase and installation of high quality winter tires.

Winter tires, also known as snow tires, are specifically designed to provide the traction needed for winter weather conditions like snow and ice. Let’s take a look at how they compare to other tire types like all-season tires and summer tires.

Tire Differences: Winter Tires vs. All Season vs. Summer


Winter tires: The tread pattern on winter tires is especially sharp and aggressive to ensure increased traction on snowy or icy surfaces.

All-season tires: Longevity trumps traction when it comes to all-season tire tread. So while these tires are designed to last a long time in many different driving conditions, they won’t provide the same amount of traction during inclement weather.

Summer tires: A wider tread allows summer tires to perform well in both dry and slick roads. So whether it’s sunny or rainy, you’ll feel confident on the road.


Winter tires: Rubber compounds ensure the tires remain soft and flexible in low temperatures, such as 45 degrees and below.

All-season tires: All-season tires offer moderate, yet unimpressive, flexibility, and softness with its regular rubber material. This makes it less ideal in wet or icy conditions.

Summer tires: Soft rubber compounds ensure these tires can provide swift responsiveness on the road while it’s raining or sunny.

Tire design

Winter tires: Siping patterns entail thin slits cut into the tire that add more traction to winter tires. This ensures the tires can provide the grip you need while driving on ice.

All-season tires: You’ll only enjoy moderate traction with the standard tread pattern on all-season tires. While they’re designed for versatility, the lack of specific focus — compared to winter or summer tires — makes them a poor choice if you regularly deal with rain, snow, or ice.

Summer tires: Deep grooves on the tires allow for better traction in the rain, helping to prevent hydroplaning.

Shop Winter Tires and Schedule Car Maintenance in Naperville, IL

Shop Audi winter tires in Naperville, IL, at Contintental Audi, located conveniently close to Chicago and Aurora. Learn more about the Audi tires available at our local dealership and explore our other Audi service options. 

It’s especially important to consider car maintenance as winter comes upon us, given how the cold weather and low temperature can affect vehicle performance. We encourage you to also schedule regular maintenance checks including:

  • Oil and oil filter change

  • Tire rotation and tire pressure check

  • Wiper replacement and wiper fluid refill

  • Battery test and replacement as needed

  • Headlight check and cleaning/restoration as needed

  • Brake check and brake pad replacement as needed

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