Summer Tyres | All Season Tyres | Winter Tyres – What is the difference?
With the recent weather warnings and UK once again being hit by the "Beast from the East", we've been inundated with phone calls regarding the benefits of changing your tyres to suit the seasons.
Benefits of Summer Tyres
With seasonal tyres, the clue is fully in the title! The specific type of tyre has been designed to operate at its best during the season stated. Summer tyres are made with a slightly harder compound designed to grip better to the road surface when temperatures are above 7°C
They're generally designed with larger tread blocks, which helps make the tyre more fuel efficient and quieter. Sometimes you can lose some of this efficiency with a winter tyre because the focus of the tyre is to work harder on gripping to the road surface in cold and wet conditions.
Winter Tyres – Why Fit Them?
Temperatures have dropped way below 7°C across the United Kingdom this week and many motorists are glad they're running their vehicles on winter tyres. These Cold Weather tyres have not just been designed to fight against snow and ice, the softer compounds means a better grip to the road surface in cold temperatures and heavy rainfall too.
The tread blocks in winter tyres have sipes which help to increase traction and grip to dangerous and slippery road surfaces. The difference in braking distances and general handling in these conditions can be the difference between a near-miss and a fatal accident.
If you have Winters fitted to your vehicle, just ensure you keep your Summer Tyres stored well ready for the Spring change-over! We provide seasonal tyre swap-overs meaning you're not wearing your winters down faster than necessary when temperatures rise. For more information on How To Store Your Winter Tyres – click here!
Strictly speaking, there is no law in place which means you cannot run on winter tyres throughout the summer months, however this will not be good for the pennies! Winter tyres have not been designed for warmer temperatures and will likely wear down much quicker than Summer or All Season tyres in the warmer months. As well as wearing down quicker, fuel economy will be reduced - not ideal for higher mileage drivers.
All Season Tyres – Pros & Cons of All Season Tyres
All Season Tyres have been designed to sit perfectly on the fence between summer and winter Tyres. They have a softer compound and more sipes (the cuts in the tread blocks which allow for more flexibility!) than summer tyres, allowing them to continue to perform when temperatures drop below 7°C. Once these temperatures are reached, the compound of a summer tyre will harder and effectively 'slip and slide' on the surface of the road, whereas an All Season Tyre has been designed to maintain consistent grip.
We have some customers who rave about All Season Tyres and wouldn't go for anything else! However, some people see them as an unnecessary middle ground and much prefer to go for the seasonal swap-over option of Summer to Winter.
If you're still unsure whether summer, all season or winter tyres are the right fit for you, give us a call! We're here to help you make the right decision and can always come out with more than one option to help you make that all important decision!
Or call us on 0333 444 5454
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