The most common tyre purchase is an all-season tyre (also known as an all-weather tyre), which combines certain elements of summer tyres with those of winter tyres, creating a hybrid that works all year round – perfect for the UK’s unpredictable weather!
The secret ingredient in all-season tyres is the intermediate compound, which provides good grip on both cool and dry road surfaces, making them suitable for both winter and summer driving.
Most manufacturers sell their vehicles with an all-season tyre (unless otherwise stated) as they are great for keeping on your vehicle all year round. However, although all-season tyres perform well on all kinds of roads, they are not specially designed for any particular weather condition (like a winter tyre's performance in icy conditions). As such, you might want to invest in a set of winter tyres if the weather takes a turn for the worse and we're hit with long spells of icy, wet or snowy conditions.
, also known as snow tyres or cold weather tyres, are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Following a run of recent bad winters, from inches of snow to flooded roads, there has been a rise in people purchasing tyres to help manage those harsh winter driving conditions.
Using winter tyres can dramatically increase your vehicle’s grip and reduce stopping distance in wet, icy and snowy road conditions. Recent studies have found that stopping distances for cars fitted with winter tyres were reduced by up to 4.8m on wet roads and 11m on icy roads when travelling at 20mph, a significant and lifesaving distance.