Are Winter Tires Really Necessary?

Are Winter Tires Really Necessary?

The proliferation of all-season tires and all-wheel-drive platforms in recent years has caused owners who live in snowy parts of the country to think twice before spending money on winter tires. If you have purchased a new vehicle within the last several decades, chances are that it was factory-equipped with all-season tires. (Only a relatively few high-performance machines come standard with summer tires.) All-wheel-drive, once limited to trucks, has now found its way as standard or optional equipment for just about every SUV for sale, as well as many mainstream sedans. Let's begin our discussion about the case for winter tires by looking at the history of how these two technologies became so widespread.