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Everything you need to know about all season tyres

calendar Published on: Thursday, 12th December 2019 | male icon Author: Kevin Thorpe

With winter approaching, all season tyres can be a good choice especially in countries with fairly moderate climates. These tyres combine the characteristics of winter and summer tyres for a tyre with the benefits of both. For mild climates, fitting all season tyres to your vehicle can save you having to switch between summer and winter tyres when the seasons change.

Why choose all season tyres?

All season tyres offer a good alternative to switching between tyres as they offer a combination of the qualities of both types of tyre. Although all season tyres will not match the performance of designated summer and winter tyres in their respective seasons, they can provide a good option for drivers in countries that don't experience extreme seasonal weather changes. If the tyre has to perform effectively in a wide range of conditions, it is more difficult for tyre manufacturers to optimise the tyre for the best possible performance for all conditions. As a result of the fact they offer sufficient grip on warm dry roads and also good performance on winter roads, they offer consistent year-round performance. This means that drivers who opt for these tyres can avoid the hassle of having to regularly change their tyres as the seasons change as well as also saving money in terms of having to buy a new set of tyres.

The performance of all-season tyres in comparison to designated summer and winter tyres will always be slightly worse in their designated seasons. However, as an alternative to having to switch your tyres each season, all-season tyres can offer a good alternative in terms of performance levels in both summer and winter. This is particularly true in countries, such as the UK, with fairly moderate year round climates as well as limited snowfall.

What makes all season tyres different?

Summer tyres are made from a softer compound than winter tyres.  As a result of this, they can offer better performance in warmer conditions. The compound used for all season tyres uses a combination of the key features and benefits of summer and winter tyres to enable the tyre to perform well whatever the season. The grip, handling and braking capabilities of all season tyres would be suited to drivers in countries with a moderate climate.

Summer tyres use a different compound to winter tyres. This compound is stiffer so that it's more suited to warmer temperatures. The compound used  for all-season tyres enables them to perform effectively in both the winter and summer months. For countries with heavy snowfall, all season tyres may not be the best choice as they don't offer the same level of grip as tyres specifically engineered for the winter seasons.

When should I consider all season tyres?

You should consider all season tyres if you live in a country that experiences relatively mild climates all-year round. This is because all-season tyres offer the best option for both dry and wet conditions. This allows drivers not to have the hassle of changing their tyres each season which can be a convenient option for drivers in countries that don't experience extreme weather conditions.

Talk to the Tyre Pros

At Tyre Pros, we stock a wide range of all-season tyres. If you need any advice on the best all-season tyres for your vehicle, your local Tyre Pros team will be happy to help.