It’s a question that gets asked every single autumn – is it worth fitting All-Season Tyres to my car? The answer is definitely yes!
When the cold and damp weather sets in (not to mention ice) and the temperature drops below 7oC, your summer tyres become less effective. This is due to their make up which, for 99% of manufacturers, is formulated for warmer climes and seasons.
An ‘All-Season/All Weather’ tyre, on the other hand, is made from a rubber compound which is more effective in all areas at lower temperatures, able to handle uneven and inconsistent road conditions with aplomb and has better cornering and grip when the weather goes below seven degrees.
Pirelli state that all-season tyres have better braking distances too ‘within 10% on wet roads and 20% on snow’ over a traditional performance of a summer tyre. This is due, in part, to their specifically developed tread patterns, that are made to handle the dampest conditions.
This is even more key during heavy rainfall – especially as a tyre handling puddles can fill a bucket with water in less than seven seconds, according to recent TyreSafe statistics!
Take the Bridgestone A005 as your example; in any conditions, the premium all-season tyre offers best-in-class wet grip whilst ‘qualified snow performance’ means that the range has been tested in the harshest conditions – a minor UK flurry is no match for the Bridgestone A005.
Of course, all-season tyres are money saving too; you don’t have to take them off when the weather warms up. They’re as effective, safe and quiet when the clocks go forward as they are when you’re finding your winter coat and woolly hat from the back of the cupboard.
Need more advice? Visit your local First Stop Shop and they’ll talk you through the benefits of having an all-season tyre to get you through autumn, winter and beyond!