Summer, Winter & All-Season Tyres

Summer, Winter & All Season Tyres

Summer Winter And All Season Tyres Explained

The rubber compound that makes up your tyres will react differently to different weather conditions, and certain types of tyre will cope better (or worse) as the seasons change. That being the case, you should know that today there are special summer tyres, winter tyres, and ‘all-season’ tyres designed to cope well year-round. On this page Martins Tyres will tell you more about the benefits of each tyre type, and the various differences between summer winter and all season tyres.

Summer Winter And All Season Tyres Explained

Summer Tyres

We’ll start our guide to summer winter and all season tyres by talking about summer tyres. When compared with winter tyres you’ll see that summer tyres are made from a harder rubber compound, and that they have less grooves and blocks in their tread pattern. You can learn more about tread patterns and how they work here, but for us right now it’s enough to know that this is great for driving in warm, dry conditions as you have more of the surface area of the tyre in contact with the road. That larger contact patch means more grip – while still having the grooves and channels you need to cut through and displace surface water, and provide good grip in the wet.

However, summer tyres stiffen when the temperature drops, and the tread pattern doesn’t perform as well on snow – so it is advisable to change them for winter or all-season tyres during the colder months of the year.

Summer Winter And All Season Tyres Explained

Winter Tyres

At temperatures under 7 degrees, the rubber compound and tread pattern used for winter tyres gives better braking and handling performance on damp, cold, icy and snow-covered roads, and much higher safety margins as a result.

The use of winter tyres is in fact mandatory in some European countries, and while that’s not the case for the UK market, winter tyres do have a place on our roads and in the portfolio of tyres we stock for those colder winter months. After all, they do improve the overall safety of the cars using them (and the people in those vehicles) during wintertime – when road and driving conditions can be at their worst, and that extra safety, stability and margin for error can be most important.

A note on ‘all-terrain’ tyres

All-terrain tyres that carry the ‘3-peak mountain snowflake (3pmsf)’ symbol are classed as cold weather/winter/all season tyres. This lets you fit one set that can be used all year round, rather than having two sets – a cost effective alternative!

A note on the new ‘ice grip’ symbol

The new “ice grip” symbol is seen on tyres that offer a shorter braking distance on ice. These tyres have been designed for road surfaces covered with compact snow and ice, and should not be used in less severe weather conditions (warmer temperatures or wet conditions) as their performance can be sub- optimal.

Summer tyres vs winter tyres – stopping distances

  • With summer tyres on your car, at 60 mph it will take you approximately 70.5 metres to stop on a wet, cold road.
  • With winter tyres on your car, under the same conditions you will come to a standstill at 65.7 metres.
  • That’s a difference of 4.8 metres – roughly the length of a large family vehicle – and a distance that can mean the difference between a near-miss, and a collision.

Winter tyres are specifically designed for optimum performance when the temperatures drop below 7 °C. They are typically used across European countries with some countries making it mandatory for winter tyres to be fitted during their winter months.

Although winter tyres are not mandatory for the UK market, winter tyres do have a place in our portfolio of tyres for the cold winter months. They improve the safety of cars on the road during the winter months and there is a lack of knowledge and awareness of the benefits of winter tyres in the UK.

In contrast to summer tyres, winter tyres work better in cold temperatures as they are made by a specific form of rubber which triggers in colder weather – better handling and braking.

Benefits of Winter tyres

  • Improve tyre performance in the winter – wide tread pattern blocks and extra sipes help to grip to make it safer (some winter tyres are even studded for extra safety).

  • Better grip in colder climates – the rubber grips to the road in cold climates.

    Superior control in cold, icy and wet conditions.

    Increased safety on the roads in adverse weather conditions – winter tyre treads are made for traction on icy roads and better stopping distances on wet and icy surfaces.

It’s advised to start thinking about ordering winter tyres in September/October time as we come into autumn.

Please give us a call on 01276 856846 and we can advise on the benefit of fitting winter tyres to your car...

Summer Winter And All Season Tyres Explained

All Season Tyres

All-season tyres combine certain characteristics of summer and winter tyres, and that combination results in a tyre that’s suitable for use all year round. They are designed to perform well in climates offering more moderate weather conditions throughout the year, and places where winters are less severe, like in the UK. In addition, all season tyres come with the added benefit of cost-effectiveness, since they mean you can use just the one set of tyres all year rather than making regular trips to the garage to switch your tyres over twice a year.

What are all-season tyres?

All-season tyres are a combination of a summer and winter tyre which results in the tyre having the benefit of both tyre types. They have a mixture of the strengths from both summer and winter tyres to give you peace of mind whatever the weather. It’s an all-year-round suitable tyre.

Benefits of all-season tyres

All Season tyres aren’t suitable for all vehicles or drivers if you require speed, precision and responsiveness, high-performance tyres could be the right tyre choice for you.

Things to consider when buying All Season tyres:

  • Safe all year round – you don’t have to worry about changing your tyres to improve performance in the winter months when the temperature drops below 7C.
  • Saves time and money – you don’t need to purchase two sets of tyres and have them changed over every year.
  • Best of both worlds – it has better performance than a summer tyre in winter and has better winter performance than a summer tyre.

All-season tyres are perfect for the UK market as severe snow and ice are unlikely. Although winter tyres are not mandatory in the UK like it is in Germany, it’s a good alternative to perform in all-weather eventualities.

MARTINS TYRES stocks a comprehensive range of mid-range all-season tyres.

Unsure on the right all-season tyre for your vehicle? Please call us on 01276 856846 and we will be happy to help.

Summer Winter And All Season Tyres Explained

How Martins Tyres support summer winter and all season tyres

You can trust the team at Martins Tyres to provide you with top-quality support in all areas of tyre service for summer winter and all season tyres – from advice on the tyres to buy to tyre fitting, puncture repairs, wheel balancing and more. And if you can’t come to us, our mobile tyre fitting service may be able to come to you!

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