What’s the difference between winter tires and snow tires?

The terms “winter tire“ and “snow tire“ are often used interchangeably, but “snow tire“ is not really an accurate name. It implies that winter tires are exclusively for snow, and that is false. Winter tires are engineered to perform better than all-season and summer tires in all winter conditions, not just snow and ice. All-season and summer tires begin to lose traction as the temperatures drop. This means that at 7 degrees Celsius and below, winter tires offer better traction that allow for safer braking and accelerating. For these reasons, the preferred term is “winter tires.”