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When we think about winters in the UK, we can easily conclude that we're dealing with the moderate weather for the most part. Therefore, the perfect type of tyres for this winter are all season tyres. Even in the North Pennines and Scotland, temperatures are usually mild and precipitation is, for the most part, rain. And even on those rare occasions when snow does happen, it won't stick to the asphalt for too long, due to reasonably high temperatures.
That means that this winter, your car will break in wet for the most part. And that's where all season tyres are miles ahead of winter tyres. Also, with the temperatures bouncing between 7 °C and -7 °C, they will always topple summer tyres, which tend to harden when it's cold and consequently lose significant amounts of braking ability. Luckily, tyres-guru.co.uk offers a wide range of all season tyres in various sizes (225 45r17 all season tyres seem to be a popular choice).
An additional advantage of these tyres is the fact that you get to avoid the hassle of a bi-yearly tyre change. And while it's relatively easy to change wheels on our own, the situation isn't as formidable when we want to change tyres. With all weather tyres, hassle and cost that comes with switching between summer and winter tyres dissipates.
The tread pattern of all season tyres is specially designed so that it can merge the benefits of both summer and winter tyres. Therefore, there are both large blocks on the outside of the tyre and numerous sipes along the centre of the tyre, representing a compromise between winter and summer performances.
One thing all 4 season tyres have in common is that, due to the large tread blocks on the outside, as well as the specific design of the grooves, they evacuate water far more efficiently than winter tyres. Also, using the more winter-oriented rubber compound, once the temperatures are below 7 °C, all season tyres will outperform summer tyres in that aspect as well.
If there is a sudden change of weather conditions, which can happen in winter months, even in Britain, the high-density grooves of all season tyres will help in achieving an improved grip even on ice and snow. For that purpose, it's a good idea to opt for the all season tyres with the M+S marking because such tyres are certified for driving in mud and snow.
Go one step further and opt for tyres with a snowflake symbol. Now, for all season tyres, this option is only available for those driving SUVs and light trucks.
Why do we say this? Well, you could save more than a couple of pounds by assessing your driving habits thoroughly. Should you determine that you as a driver are spending most of the time on the motorway or driving through the city, there's no real need for having two sets of tyres, even if you're taking an odd weekend every now and then to travel to the countryside, where winter conditions do get a bit harsher.
All season tyres indeed do offer the optimal driving and braking performance in all conditions, especially for drivers not exceeding the 3500 miles a year limit.
Also, you don’t have to worry about breaking on dry roads, or on wet roads, or even different surfaces. Good all weather tyres are designed to provide you with optimal breaking performances under all weather circumstances.
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If you want to dive into specific manufacturers' all season offers, here's a short list of our favourites from all categories:
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