Some countries have winter tyre laws in place. These regulate when to use winter tyres throughout a certain time of the year. Before deciding between all-season or winter tyres, check if there are local laws.
When your local laws permit either-or, you can continue to take a look at where you’re driving. Is it a more rural area? Or urban? The difference between the two is in the weather: Urban areas are prone to be warmer, so snow and ice are less likely. Also, cities are more likely to plough and sand their roads, and you’ll see less snow covering your routes.
While we’re at it, the weather makes a difference as well. Do you live and travel in a more mountainous area or somewhere mild? When you’re faced with extreme weather conditions, you should choose winter tyres. If the temperatures don’t drop below zero and you’re only driving across light snow, you can consider all-season tyres.