So you’re here because you need a new set of tyres and you are wondering if all-season tyres are for you? You’ve come to the right place. Here we will outline exactly why all-season tyres are perfect for year-round weather in the UK.
For regular UK driving, the main (and safest) options available are summer tyres, winter tyres and all-season tyres and they all have their differences: The main difference you would notice is in the tread pattern, where a summer tyre has much more uninterrupted rubber than all-season or winter tyres. These tread patterns have an impact on water dispersal and snow/ice grip, marking a significant difference in performance in various weather conditions between each tyre.
Another one of the main differences between the type of tyres you require all comes down to the temperature – summer tyres work best above seven degrees and winter tyres below seven degrees; it is the specifically formulated rubber compound in seasonal tyres that make them work correctly at optimum times, not just the tread pattern.
The compound used in summer tyres will harden in colder conditions, reducing grip on cold, wet roads, and especially ice and snow.
In contrast, winter tyres stay soft and pliable at low temperatures. They retain grip, and with the help of numerous special grooves in the tread called sipes, they provide improved braking, handling and traction in all winter driving conditions. A typical summer tyre may have around 200 sipes compared to a winter tyre with around 1500. However, winter tyres are made of a softer rubber compound to remain flexible at low temperatures. As temperatures rise, this compound becomes even softer resulting in increased wear and higher fuel consumption.
An alternative to these season-specific tyres are All-Season Tyres. These have a high silica content for low-temperature flexibility and a tread pattern somewhere between a normal summer tyre and a winter tyre. They perform better than summer tyres do in winter and better than winter tyres in summer, giving you an all-weather performing tyre without the hassle of changing tyres every 6 months
If you’re an avid driver and love changing from summer to winter tyres and back again each year, we salute you! You’re doing it right. However, if you’re a normal car user that likes to get from A to B without any hassle and whatever the weather, all-season tyres are for you.
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All-season tyres weather performance
All-season tyres are on the rise in the UK and it’s easy to see why. With the weather changing so drastically on a daily basis, the UK can see all four seasons in just one day and that’s where all-season tyres come in.
All-season tyres excel in the wet, which is great for the amount of rain we see in the UK. Moreover, the Maxxis Premitra All-Season AP3 was in the top half of the results in the wet performance test conducted by Auto Bild All-Season Tyre Pre-Test 2019, and also winning the straight-line aquaplaning test and showing impressive performance in snow handling and noise in the Auto Bild All-Season Full Tyre Test 2020.
The Premitra All-Season AP3 achieved the shortest dry braking distance in both of the tests mentioned above, beating the premium brand tyres to the top spot in dry braking.
It’s not just in the wet and dry where the all-season tyres excel though, with a specifically designed compound and tread pattern to help performance in all weather, all-season tyres will provide you with the confidence you need when the snow starts to fall and ice begins to form.
Advantages of all-season tyres
The versatility of all-season tyres is what attracts a lot of road users into choosing them; they’re great throughout the whole year. We’ve listed all of the advantages of choosing all-season tyres:
- All-season tyres are ideal for UK weather due to the mild summers and winters here, alongside the inevitable rain.
- Better performance in summer than a winter-specific tyre due to the tread pattern designed for better handling on dry roads,
- Better performance in winter than summer-specific tyres due to the compound and tread pattern encouraging water dispersal and better traction.
- Use the same set of tyres all-year-round – no need to buy two sets of tyres for summer weather and winter weather.
- Economically friendly due to affordable pricing compared to dedicated seasonal tyres and a saving on fitting costsat the garage each year to change each set of tyres.
- Lifetime guarantee – all Maxxis tyres come with a lifetime guarantee, meaning you can purchase with peace of mind and at no extra cost.
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