Profitt Report: All-season vs. winter tires, which is best on bad roads?

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expensive, roughly $400- 800 for a set of severe winter tires.

However, car experts say, their stopping power on ice is so superior, they’re well worth the cost.

“Once you've driven on a very bad day on a dedicated severe winter tire, you would never not want them on your vehicle again,” said Gary Vredeveld, store manager of Belle Tire in Flint Township.

Vredeveld points out exactly what makes winter tires so much better in the snow.

“If you look at all these little sipes in this tire, you've got basically 150 squeegees underneath there grabbing the road, drying the road, no matter if you're in ice and how cold it is, this tire will maintain traction,” he said.

Winter tires will stay soft and pliable and that’s what you want on bad roads. On the other hand, you’ll want to take them off before the first warm up.

“As soft as it is, it's pretty much going to melt when you start driving in the summer time,” Vredeveld said.

Vredeveld operates with two sets of tires: all season for warmer months, winter tires for snow and ice.

“So you’ll put some of your miles on your winter tires, some of your miles on your all-season tires. Ultimately, it's going to be less time you have to buy tires because you're balancing over two sets of tires,” he said.

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