The peculiarity of all-season tires is obvious from their name. They can be used in winter and summer. But there are nuances, and to understand them, you should first find out what is the difference between winter and summer tires. They are the tread pattern and rubber composition. For winter, you need a more elastic material so that it does not become harder and does not crack. And a deeper tread, so you can confidently ride on dirt and ice. In summer, the picture is reversed. You need harder rubber, with resistance to high temperatures, and a lower tread.
It is easy to see that combining these opposite criteria is quite problematic. Thus, all-season tires have a lower tread than winter tires, but they have wide grooves and many slats. And the rubber used is of medium hardness, which is not very elastic and not too hard. As the result, it has got the same intermediate characteristics. They are not bad but are not ideal too. Let’s analyze it in more detail.
Advantages and disadvantages of all-season tires
Advantages of all-season tires:
- They do not need to be changed when the other season of the year comes. and this saves time;
- No need to buy two sets of rubber, so you save money;
- No need to think about where to store the second set of tires, so you save space;
- On a good asphalt road under favorable conditions, all-season tires are almost silent;
- Concerning the price, it is closer to summer tires and cheaper than winter ones.
Disadvantages of all-season tires:
All-season tires wear out much faster. Although you do not need to buy two sets, you will have to change them more often. So if you are primarily interested in savings, you need to carefully calculate everything, taking into account how much and where you go.
In too frosty winters or too hot summers, universal all-season tires will not be the best choice to use for your car. Their average parameters require the same average weather conditions.
If you prefer an aggressive driving style, drive off-road or use the car in difficult conditions one way or another – all-season tires are not suitable.
Do not confuse all-season tires with winter studless ones. Pay attention to the labeling. Usually, there is something like “All Seasons” or “All Weather”, when the winter tire shows a snowflake. But the labeling “M + S” (“dirt and snow”) can be mentioned in both cases.
By the way, wearing winter tires instead of all-season ones is pointless and unprofitable. They are more expensive, but in the summer will wear out faster, and this again affects the stability of the car.
When to use all-season tires?
In itself, all-season tires are not bad. It is suitable if you do not use the car often, drive only in the city, drive calmly, and if you have fairly mild winters and not too hot summers. If for some reason it is temporarily impossible to change the tires, this is also a good option. Such tires are most effective in countries where winter temperatures rarely fall below zero. But it is important to choose a proven brand and manufacturer.
It is not recommended to use all-season rubber during severe ice or frost. The controllability of the car drops significantly, and the risk of an accident increases. In summer, if the asphalt is too hot, the rubber makes noise and wears out quickly.
Some drivers believe that before the ‘90s there was only one type of tire, without division into seasons. It was enough then. But it is important to understand that since then the power of cars has increased significantly and the intensity of traffic has increased as well.
There is an even simpler way to solve the problem of constantly changing tires. If you rent a car from us, you do not need to deal with such technical issues at all. The entire fleet of Ukr-Prokat in Kyiv is regularly serviced.