All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Four Wheel Drive are viable and popular options for vehicles. When activated, it sends power to all four wheels of a vehicle, which gives better handling. However, in reality AWD isn’t all that necessary in some locations. If you live in the American Southwest, outside of rain during monsoon season, AWD is more of an added expense to your vehicle and realistically not necessary.

Of course if you work off road, tow trailers, or haul other hardware, that is a different story. But for the average consumer driving on Arizona roads, paying extra for AWD (often a few thousand dollars between trim options) isn’t really necessary. But what happens if you already have AWD? Should you invest in winter tires? This is an important question to ask this time of year.

Driving Through Snow

Do you plan on driving through snow at all? Perhaps you’re heading up to Flagstaff or north to Colorado or another destination. In those cases, winter tires are a must. Winter tires are different from all season or rain tires. The rubber is designed to take the colder temperatures, whereas other rubber is more likely to break and crack. Additionally, the tread is different. Most tires in Arizona have tread that does a fine job repelling water, but thicker treads are needed to deal with mud and snow. Snow will fill treads not designed for winter driving, become impacted, and cut away the traction. In other words, you’re more likely to skid and lose control. Due to this, investing in winter tires is a very good idea if you plan on going anywhere where there may be snow or ice.

AWD and Snow

All wheel drive is good to have when driving in snow. This is especially the case if wheels become stuck, as all four wheels moving improves your ability to become unstuck. That’s why off-roading requires 4WD.

Whether you need winter tires for a romp in the snow, or specialized treads for off-road and farm equipment vehicles, Phoenix Tire has what you need.