April 24, 2023

What is the difference between summer tyres and all-season tyres?

As seasons change, it's important to ensure your car is equipped with the right tyres for the weather conditions. In the UK, summer and all-season tyres are two common options drivers choose from. Let's take a closer look to understand the differences between these two types of tyres and which tyres might be the right choice for you.

First, let's talk about summer tyres. These tyres are designed specifically for warmer weather when temperatures are consistently above 7°C. Summer tyres are made from a softer rubber compound, which provides a better grip on dry roads and allows for more precise handling. They also typically have wider grooves, which help to channel water away from the tyre and prevent aquaplaning.

On the other hand, all-season tyres are designed to be used all year round and in various weather conditions. They're made from a harder rubber compound, which allows them to perform well in both cold and warm temperatures. All-season tyres have smaller grooves than summer tyres, which means they're not as effective at dispersing water in wet conditions. However, they do have more biting edges on the tread, which can provide a better grip on snow and ice.

So, which type of tyre is best for you? If you live in an area with mild winters and primarily drive in warm weather conditions, summer tyres are the way to go. They provide excellent grip and handling, especially in dry conditions. All-season tyres are a good choice if you live in an area with more variable weather conditions, where you might encounter light snow or slush. Some UK drivers, typically the more enthused, choose to have both all-season and summer tyres and swap them on and off their car depending on the season. This allows them to grip it and rip it in the summer, but also drive the same car safely in the colder more wintery months.

It's worth noting that both types of tyres have their own pros and cons. Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your driving habits, the weather conditions in your area, and your personal preferences.

At Tire Streets, we offer a wide selection of summer and all-season tyres to suit your needs. Our team can help you choose the right tyres for your car and provide advice on tyre maintenance and safety.