All-season tyres could be ideal for your vehicle

All-season tyres could be ideal for your vehicle

04 Jan

By Gwyn Fennell

Have you heard about all-season tyres? They’re also known as all-weather tyres, and there’s been a lot of talk about in the press and online lately. All-season tyres are a relatively new option to drive on, but more and more motorists are choosing them, instead of more traditional dedicated summer and winter tyres. As their name suggests, all-season tyres are designed to be driven all year round – instead of having to switch between summer and winter tyres.

Leading premium tyre makers, like Continental, now offer drivers a range of all-season tyres, for cars, SUVs and vans. Their selection of tyres includes the award winning AllSeasonContact™, regarded as one of the best all-season tyres on the market, and winner of the highly coveted  Auto Express All Season Tyre Test this year. This win made it a unique hat-trick of Auto Express Tyre Test Awards for Continental in 2018 – a tyre industry first – to go along with top marks for their PremiumContact™ 6 summer and WinterContact™ TS 860 winter tyres.

Great all-season tyres provide great all-round performance

The traditional summer and winter tyres you typically drive on are specifically optimised to work at dramatically different temperatures. Each seasonal tyre type utilises a compound that is highly engineered to cope with this difference in temperature. All-season tyres use a type of compound that includes some of the qualities found in each of summer and winter tyres – but not all of characteristics.

This means that although all-season tyres will perform better than summer tyres in cold weather conditions, and vice versa, they’re not an exact like-for-like replacement for either. Why? Because they can’t offer the very highest levels of performance that specialist summer and winter tyres provide. As a result, all-season tyres can only deliver some of the qualities of both tyre types – not quite the best of both worlds, but not far off.

That said, given the type of temperatures and driving conditions we typically experience in the UK, all-season tyres are ideally suited to the British climate; our summers are not especially hot, nor our winters too cold – and it’s very rare for us to experience any sustained periods of extreme weather.

Should you consider fitting all-season tyres?

All-season tyres, like Continental’s award winning AllSeasonContact™, are worth considering…
  • …If you live in a part of the UK which has mainly mild temperatures, including during winter time…
  • …If you’re driving mainly in urban areas, where the streets are regularly cleared of snow…
  • …If the amount you’re driving is of limited mileage every year, and you’re not particularly over dependent on your car.
If this is you, all-season tyres are a credible alternative to fitting summer and winter tyres, and worth considering.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that Continental’s AllSeasonContact™ is so highly regarded. It offers drivers impressive grip on snowy and wet winter roads, along with good braking performance on both dry and wet summer roads (we get a lot of the latter, right?!). The AllSeasonContact™ also delivers reduced fuel consumption, thanks to being best-in-class for rolling resistance performance.

Fleet owners and managers can benefit from all-season tyres too

All-season tyres aren’t just for car drivers. Their good all year round characteristics are a great option for van owners and fleet managers too, offering some of the benefits of both summer and winter tyres in one product. This presents a good opportunity to reduce tyre expenditure, and help to relieve the strain on already stretched maintenance budgets.

There are dedicated all-season tyres for vans and light commercial vehicles, such as Continental’s Vanco™ FourSeason 2 and VanContact™ 4Season, which not only deliver good braking and safety performance, but higher mileage and reduced fuel consumption too. That’s potentially a good return on investment for fleet owners.

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Gwyn Fennell
Gwyn has been in the motor industry for over 35 years with experience in vehicle design, electrics, engine management, geometry and of course tyres. Continental has been Gwyn’s home for the past 15 years, where he has become a qualified trainer and examiner to both IMI and NTDA standards and now working towards the IQA qualification. Gwyn’s job has evolved and expanded in recent times and a more accurate but less pleasing to read title would be Technical Customer Service & ContiAcademy Training Centre Manager. It’s no surprise that Gwyn has excellent knowledge from the tyres up so when any technical questions come his way you know he’ll be providing the best advice possible.
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