All-weather tyres vs winter tyres: Which one should you choose?
The question of whether all-weather tyres are a good investment has no simple answer. Two factors have a decisive role. The first factor is the yearly mileage of your car. If the mileage is fairly low, meaning less than 6,200 miles, all-weather tyres can be a worthwhile alternative. Logically, the more miles you do, the greater the wear. As all-season tyres reach their limit faster than specialist tyres, higher vehicle mileage means that you will need to buy them again after only a few years. If you use your car only for short commutes to work and shopping trips, your mileage is probably low – and this would support the argument for all-weather tyres. That alone, however, is not enough. You also have to consider two key issues: the regional weather conditions in your area, particularly in winter. In regions with especially heavy snowfall, changing to proper winter tyres is a sensible move. There are good reasons for this: The fact that all-weather tyres are a compromise between summer and winter tyres is particularly noticeable on ice and snow. The profile of these tyres has fewer lamellae (fine slots) compared to winter tyres. This can result in all-weather tyres being pushed to the limit with the onset of extreme winter conditions. Despite this, they are still permitted and are always better than any summer tyres in winter. Let us explain to you what makes a winter tyre the perfect choice for snow.