Autumn tires are better than winter tires. And also from the summer ones

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What are all season tires?

They are winter approved tires with the 3PMSF sign (the so-called Alpine symbol), which means that they have passed the same tests as winter tires. In a word – All-season and winter tires are included in the same tire category, i.e. winter tires. So where do the differences come from?

Compromises in terms of the compound composition and tread pattern make it possible to use such tires all year round, also in demanding summer conditions, where surface temperatures can reach 50 degrees C.

In practice, all-season tires are more winter tires than summer tires and in summer conditions, be more careful when driving and take into account extending the braking distance, especially on dry roads.

It is often repeated that all-season tires are for people who have mild winter conditions, suggesting that they are simply weaker winter tires. Meanwhile, all-season tires perform much worse in summer than in winter, especially at high speeds and high temperatures, as well as on warm, wet surfaces.

What are summer tires with winter approval?

Basically, it is the same type of tires and the term “summer with winter approval” is purely marketing, although there is some truth in it. It is about tread patternwhich more than all-season tires it resembles the tread of a summer tire. Also the properties of such tires in typical summer conditions (high temperature, dry or wet surfaces) are improved.

Therefore, it can be assumed that this type of tires is intended mainly for people who have little to do with winter conditions, also in winter. The roads they drive are well-maintained, and they use the car occasionally, rarely driving in the morning or at night, when the risk of frost and thus black ice is the highest.

Why do I call all-season tires “fall tires”?

Because it is in the autumn period that it is most difficult to decide on the date of tire change. Usually drivers calculate costs rather than riskextending the life of summer tires to the maximum, as they wear more slowly than winter tires.

Consciously or not, this is how they ensure themselves better properties when driving on wet surfacesbecause summer tires generally handle it much better. Unfortunately, there is always a risk that one day in the morning we will wake up with frost or even snowfall.

The principle that tires should be changed to winter tires, when the average daily temperature drops to 7 degrees Celsius, is correct (in line with the precautionary principle), but also very general. Each driver uses the car completely differently and some drive only during the day, when the temperatures are much higher and the road surface is at most wet.

Which is why all-season tires eliminate the risk of making a mistake in the decisionand the behavior of such tires under extremely different conditions is most predictable. If autumn is prolonged and winter is not coming, all-season tires will provide slightly better properties than winter ones. When winter comes earlier, such tires will do much better than summer ones.

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All season vs season tires & hairsp; – & hairsp; which should you choose?

All-season tires are one of those topics that ignite the emotions of drivers. Their popularity is growing steadily, but many believe that they are useless …

Will I buy all-season tires and will I have peace for years?

In theory, yes, because you won’t be buying or changing tires for several years. Though just right All-season tires are the most demanding when it comes to service. What exactly is it about?

Well, having seasonal (summer and winter) tires and changing them in the workshop, each of these tires undergoes two inspections a year (during the shift). Fitting damaged or defective tires to the customer would be against the ethics of the profession. Thus, practically every mechanic looks at at least the tires that he has to put on, and often also those he takes off the car.

In the face of more expensive tires, this year’s all-season can become a real hit. Already in the last two years, a significant increase in their sales was recorded.

It is completely different with all-season tires, which only undergo a technical inspection along with the entire car, and it is not a rule that a diagnostician will look at them. Its only task is to check that they have a tread and that it is compatible with the tires of one axle.

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This is why If you have all-season tires, you should take care of them on your own. You can have your car inspected and inspected it yourself, but the best solution is to remove the wheels from the car, or even & hairsp; – & hairsp; if necessary, & hairsp; – & hairsp; tires from the rim and inspect them during their rotation. Rotating all-season tires (swapping them) is necessary, because with seasonal tires it is done naturally during the change, and thus we keep them for longer. Even for one more season.

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