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all season tyres

We all know British weather is ever-changing and can be completely unpredictable. You head out with your sunglasses on, but your brolly in your bag for the afternoon downpour. Which is why your tyres need to be able to handle all types of weather that you could face.

Your guide to seasonal tyres

Deciphering the differences between seasonal tyres and why they’re unique to each other can be mind-boggling. What really makes them each so well equipped to tackle drastically different weather conditions? We’ve outlined exactly what each tyre offers during different times of year; from road performance to the technology that makes them so effective. See below for the breakdown on Summer, All Season and Winter tyres, and to find the tyre that is perfect for you and the weather conditions in your area.

Summer (above 7°c) All season Winter (below 7°c)
Driving performance
Summer (above 7°c)
Designed for excellent performance during the warmer months (above 7 degrees Celsius). High tread elasticity and flexibility ensures a smooth ride.
All season
Consistent tyre performance in all weather conditions and all year round. All season tyres combine the driving characteristics of both summer and winter tyres for good all year round performance.
Winter (below 7°c)
Designed to provide optimum grip in cold, wet or snowy conditions at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius.
On the road
Summer (above 7°c)
Excellent dry and wet traction in the warmer months of the year. Precise handling for optimal performance, even when it rains. Short braking distances in dry and wet conditions
All season
Good performance throughout the year. Unique compounds work to maintain rubber elasticity in cold weather, providing better grip and control in adverse conditions.
Winter (below 7°c)
Delivering excellent grip and short braking distances on wet roads, slush, snow and ice (uphill & downhill). Excellent braking, accelerating and cornering performance below 7 degrees Celsius.
The technology
Summer (above 7°c)
Stiffer compounds and less aggressive tread patterns result in lowered friction and improved fuel efficiency throughout warmer months of the year.
All season
Specially designed tread patterns that consist of multiple sipes to provide extra aquaplaning resistance and to keep you safe in heavy downpours.
Winter (below 7°c)
Flexible compound ensures optimum grip and traction at low temperatures and extra sipes provide efficient water dispersal to avoid aquaplaning.
Making a choice
Summer (above 7°c)
Excellent performance in summer, whatever the weather. Below 7 degrees Celsius, summer tyre compounds begin to stiffen and this may impact traction. Increased wear in colder conditions can result in crack & chips along the sidewall and tread blocks, so you should ideally switch to winter tyres once the temperature drops below 7 degrees.
All season
Designed to be able to cope with mild wintry conditions as well as offering excellent performance in the warmer months of the year. Be careful when the weather turns more extreme, especially in more rural areas where the build-up of snow or rain water might be more severe.
Winter (below 7°c)
Designed for winter conditions when the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius. Winter tyres will lack grip and traction in summer. Winter tyres will also wear out more quickly in the warmer weather, so always change your tyres back to summer tyres once the weather improves.

Frequently asked questions

All your All Season Tyre questions answered, no matter how big, small or silly.

All-season tyres are adapted to provide drivers with consistent tyre performance in all weather conditions year-round, combining the driving characteristics of both summer and winter tyres.

All season tyres consist of a unique compound that works to maintain rubber elasticity in cold weather, providing you better grip and control in adverse conditions. In addition, they have specially designed tread patterns that consist of multiple grooves, known as ‘sipes’, which provide added aquaplaning resistance to help keep you safe in those heavy downpours.

With low average temperatures in the winter and consistent rainfall all year round, many UK drivers choose All Season tyres as a cost-efficient alternative to switching between winter and summer tyres.

With all-season, you have complete peace of mind that your tyres are prepared for weather changes ensuring you remain confident with on road performance.

All season tyres occupy the middle ground in performance, providing a compromised driving experience throughout the year and avoiding the hassle of changing tyres bi-yearly. By using all season tyres you'll save money and effort between switching tyres, although compromising on some performance between seasons.

In many European countries with extreme winter conditions, legislations require drivers to switch from summer to winter tyres during colder months. In the UK however, there is no such legislation which can make winter road conditions tricky for many drivers.

All Season tyres are designed to offer consistent performance all year round; from hot summer days to cold wet winter nights. Special compounds and slightly more tread patterns ensure that you maintain road performance even when the temperature drops.

What this means for you!

  • All season tyres can be used year-round whilst maintaining a good level of performance and avoiding the need to switch between summer and winter sets
  • Decreased wear and tear results in increased mileage for improved cost efficiencies.

Although there is no law on seasonal tyre fitments here in the UK, you always should consider the type of weather you experience throughout the year. If you live in an area of the country that experiences severe winter conditions, we would suggest a set of both summer and winter tyres which you can switch between. However, for places where the winter is not too harsh, then a set of all-season tyres would be suitable to ensure performance levels are maintained all year round.

You should not mix all season tyres with summer or winter tyres. This is because different treads will cause traction issues and destabilise your handling when you need it the most.

It's the season for All Season Tyres

We all know British weather is ever-changing and can be completely unpredictable. You head out with your sunglasses on, but your brolly in your bag for the afternoon downpour. Which is why your tyres need to be able to handle all types of weather that you could face.

What do we recommend?

Goodyear

The Goodyear Vector 4Seasons range is simply the best of the best in the market. Easy to sell & easy to recommend.

Why Goodyear?

  • Goodyear invented the All Season tyre
  • More magazine test wins than any other tyre brand
  • The most recent win was in September where the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 won the prestigious Tyre Reviews All Season 2020 test
  • Full line-up built with the latest tyre technology innovation
  • Trusted choice by leading car manufacturers with 158 OE homologated All Season size
  • Over 90 sizes available in Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 and
  • 49 new sizes in Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen- 3

Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

Popular choice for: Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, Mercedes A Class, Skoda Octavia

Available in sizes: 16"- 22"

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Award winning

Winner of the All Season Tyre Test – Tyre Reviews 2020

Auto Bid Eco Master 2020 winner


Better grip on snow through large amount of sipes at the center of the tread. The sipes influence each other at their intersection, stimulating their opening for better grip.

Shorter dry braking & Improved dry handling. Reduced deformation of the tire during heavy maneuvers through strong crown & shoulder blocks.

Lifetime Aqua Planing Resistance. Over time grooves evolve to continuously ensure water dispersion.

GOODYEAR VECTOR 4SEASONS GEN-2

Popular choice for: Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Nissan Quashqai, Ford Fiesta

Available in sizes: 13" - 22"

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Award Winning

Auto Express Tyre Test Winner 2020


Environmentally friendly

Go further on less fuel with a tyre that rolls more easily. The Vector 4Seasons also gives you more mileage, thanks to its all-weather compound and a flatter contour that spreads pressure evenly.

Traction for all road conditions

Featuring high-density 3D waffle blades, the Vector 4Seasons offers excellent ice and snow traction. The tyre is certified with the snowflake symbol, which means it meets the official standards of dedicated winter tyres.

Excellent year-round performance

Goodyear's Weather Reactive Technology helps the Vector 4Seasons adapt to seasonal changes. The unique SmartTRED design features specific tread zones that adjust to road conditions.

Journalist Reviews of the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3

We have two glowing reviews from separate journalists who took a Volkswagen Golf R, fitted with the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 tyres on two fantastic drives around the UK.

Paul Hadley took the Golf R fitted with the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 to the fabulous Snake Pass, Peak District. See his review in MotoVerso by clicking here.

Matt Allan took the Golf R fitted with Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 to Scotland. See his review in The Scotsman by clicking here.

We have another fantastic review from a well known influencer, the Volkswizard. See what he had to say by watching this short video...