Mud & Snow Road Tyre

What Are Mud & Snow Tires?

Mud and snow tires are all-season tires which have been approved for use in both muddy and snowy conditions by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association. These tires usually have the “M+S” designation somewhere on the tire (depending on the brand, it may be shown as M&S or just MS).

Unlike summer tires and some lower-performance all-season tires, mud and snow tires usually have deep ridges that offer increased performance in slick conditions. You may be surprised to learn that even some summer tires technically meet the minimum M&S tire requirements, but most manufacturers only designate tires with elevated traction capabilities as mud and snow tires. Additionally, mud and snow tires are generally designed to provide better traction than summer or regular all-season tires in colder conditions.

How Are Mud & Snow Tires Different From Winter Tires?

Winter tires are specifically designed to provide traction in deeper snow and in sub-zero temperatures. Mud and snow tires will perform just fine in lighter snow but, if you regularly drive in snowy conditions at temperatures lower than 7°C, you’re better off with a set of good winter tires. In other words, if you wouldn’t feel comfortable choosing an all-season tire in the winter, mud and snow tires are probably not the best choice for your vehicle.

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