All season tyres – a safe solution for all weather conditions
In an ideal world, when it comes to tyre safety, all drivers would have two sets of tyres. They would have:
- A standard set of summer tyres to use in Spring and Summer.
- Another set of specialist winter tyres to use throughout the coldest months, when temperatures are likely to drop below 7 degrees Celsius.
Having a set of specialist winter tyres to use in cold conditions undoubtedly gives drivers more grip on the roads and allows them to drive safely and continue to use their vehicles in both snow and ice.
However, unfortunately we don’t live in an ideal world and most drivers are only able to invest in a single set of tyres to use all year round. Investing in both summer and winter tyres can be both costly and time consuming when your tyres have to be refitted in autumn and spring time
Fortunately, in a country with a moderate weather pattern like the UK, an all season tyre can provide an excellent alternative to rotating summer and winter tyres and a great solution. Although all season tyres aren’t designed for extreme weather or even a specific weather condition, they are designed to have various characteristics that make them suitable for most weather conditions.
So when we hear about “All weather” or “All Season” tyres that promise to offer the best of both worlds it’s no wonder our ears prick – they sound like a perfect compromise, which for many drivers they are.
Let’s take a look at what they are and how they work – and whether or not you should think about investing in a set of all season tyres.
The compound of all weather tyres is designed to perform well in a wide range of temperatures, unlike summer tyres which lose some of their grip in temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. Their tread pattern is designed to disperse water well and offer more grip in snowy, icy conditions – although not the same degree as a specialist winter tyre.
- You can use the same tyre safety throughout the year
- No need to have winter/summer tyre swaps
- Give better performance than standard tyres in light snow and wintry conditions
- Also perform well in rain and in normal driving conditions throughout the year
- Combine the characteristics of summer and winter tyres
- In many cases they have more longevity than other tyres
- There is some compromise on performance in extreme temperatures ie. They don’t perform quite as well as a standard tyre in summer driving conditions or as a specialist winter tyre in heavy snow and ice.
- Not available in all sizes (Although this is getting better all the time)
- Only available from selected manufacturers so choice may be limited
- Tend to be slightly more expensive than standard tyres due to their advanced compound and technology
- May not be available in the highest speed ratings required by high performance vehicles.
- Don’t perform as well as winter tyres in extreme snow and ice.
Many drivers choose All Season tyres as an economical option and because they live and drive in areas largely unaffected by extreme weather conditions.
The main benefit of all season tyres is their adaptability to different weather conditions and seasonal changes. Knowing your vehicle is fitted with a tyre designed to adapt to different weather conditions gives you the reassurance and confidence that they are going to be safe on the road, whatever the weather.
Popular All Season Tyres are: Michelin Cross Climate, Continental All Season Contact, Vredestein Quatrac 5, Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2