There is no excuse for not using winter tyres or winter approved tyres when driving in winter conditions. Not using winter approved tyres jeopardizes both your own and others’ safety and should be avoided. Winter tyres are extremely important and depending on the country, it might even be mandatory to use them. If they are not they should be just like seat belts and airbags are nowadays mandatory in cars. Even if it is mandatory in some countries the quality isn’t discussed, which should be done, as all tyres are not equal.
When you equip your car with high quality winter tyres, you make sure that the car has the necessary grip and control. You do need to make sure that you choose the right tyre for the area where you live and drive. You basically have three different options depending on where you live. In the North you tend to only have studded and non-studded tyres, in central Europe and part of south, you have non-studded and all-weather tyres and in some cases also studded tyres are allowed
The all-weather and non-studded tyres are both without studs as compared with the studded tyres that have metal studs protruding from the tread. The metal studs give these tyres better grip and traction on ice. These are superior on ice versus the non-studded options. Non-studded tyres tend to introduce some grip particles in the tread to create the necessary grip on ice. When it comes to snow and slush it is more down to the tread design, where both the studded and the non-studded version are both good if they have a good tread design.
The all-weather tyre is a tyre that can be used throughout the whole year if they are approved for winter conditions, while the non-studded winter tyre is to be used during the winter season. This makes them a dedicated winter tyre that will have better winter properties than the all-weather tyre, which does have capacity to work in winter conditions and are much better than having summer tyres, which isn’t a safe option at all. The all-weather tyres gives you a perfect tyre for area where your winters are not that tough, but you want to be safe while driving when the winter weather actually does arrive.