All Season Tyres
Winter tyres, only summer tyres or all-season tyres for my car?
We get this question from many of our customers. Let's talk about all-season tyres... are they really all-rounders that provide the best possible safety all year round, or are they just a bad compromise?
Here we explain the advantages and disadvantages of all-season tyres.
All-season or all-weather tyres = winter tyres
What exactly are all-season tyres? All-season tyres with M + S marking are, in principle, winter tyres that can and should be driven in summer as well. To meet these criteria, they need a specific label.
Winter tyres are mostly marked with "M & S", "M + S" or similar abbreviations. Winter tyres are M + S tyres, including all-weather tyres. Since the M + S symbol is not protected by law and more and more non-winter tyres got this sign, the snowflake symbol was introduced.
All-weather tyres bearing the snowflake symbol on the flanks of the tyres for the M + S designation are legally classified as winter tyres. In order to be considered as winter tyres in the sense of the road traffic regulations, however, only the marking "M + S" is decisive, which also applies to permissible all-season tyres.
Tyre test results
In several independent all-season tyre tests, all-season tyres were tested and compared driving on different surfaces. The conclusion of all the all-season tyre tests: All-season tyres or all-weather tyres can be an alternative to small cars and compact cars. For journeys predominantly in the urban area also all-season tyres are sufficient.
However, drivers of fast saloons and sports cars are still advised by tyre experts to change tyres in autumn and spring. Claims such as precise steering reactions and low tyre wear on summery roads cannot be met by the tested all-weather tyres.
The results clearly show that this type of tyre ultimately cannot compete with good summer or good winter tyres. The desired compromise, can't be found. In all these tyres, significant disadvantages must be taken into account in individual properties.
This, too, is one reason why only a few tyre manufacturers develop and offer this type of tyre.
Pros and cons
Since all-season tyres for passenger cars only need to be bought and mounted once, the advantage of the all-season tyres lies in the lower acquisition costs compared to seasonal tyres. Also, all-season tyres save the conversion, assembly and storage of seasonal tyres.
The disadvantage of all-season tyres, however, is the faster wear of the tyres during the summer months. Due to the softer rubber compound of all-season tyres, it comes to increased abrasion. All-season tyres lead to increased fuel consumption. In addition, there are the higher initial costs of the all-season tyres compared to seasonal tyres.
This is how you recognise all-season tyres
What are the special features of passenger car all-season tyres? The trick of the tyre developers lies in an optimised tread compound. This ensures that an all-season or all-weather tyre, unlike summer tyres does not harden in cold weather, but remains almost as elastic as a winter tyre. At the same time, the all-weather tyres retain their stiffness in summery temperatures and are nearly as efficient as a conventional summer tyre.
Insurance cover for all-weather tyres
And what about the insurance coverage for all-weather/all-season tyres? The insurance coverage is maintained in the event of an accident with these all-season tyres or all-weather tyres.
If you drive your small car mainly locally and/or in towns and don't drive too many miles in the year, all-season tyres may be a good option for you. If you are driving a larger vehicle, do a lot of mileage, live in a rural area or are planning a nice winter holiday abroad, swap to winter tyres. The same applies to summer tyres. If you drive a larger car and drive a lot, you are better off with summer tyres. On our Sawmoco Ltd website, you will be able to find a vast variety of all-season tyres. Just follow the instructions on our tyre search page. In case you need more advice or have additional questions, please kindly get in touch with us. We will be happy to speak to you. Your Sawmoco Ltd