The beauty of all-weather tyres is that it is a good tyre for all year round use. If you don’t live in one of the countries that have long and harsh winters, then you will be fine with a set of all-weather tyres that are winter approved. Winter approved means that they will have a 3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall of the tyre. This indicates that it has been tested and approved for winter conditions. This makes it safe to drive regardless of what weather you will face and you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast.
These tyres will work as good in the summer as well as winter, so if you don’t use summer tyres all year because the weather allows you, then this could be your tyre. If you have very defined summer and winters, you might still be better off by changing tyres and if you only have summers and no winters, your performance from summer tyres will be better. With all-weather tyres, you will need a high quality tyre, to make sure that it doesn’t wear out too fast during the summer season, as the high temperatures can cause increased wear on the cheaper versions. It is also crucial to check the rolling resistance indicated on the EU tyre label to make sure that the tyre that you purchase has a low rolling resistance.
The rolling resistance dictates both the wear of the tyre as the rolling friction is higher which will lead to a higher wear, but also the fuel consumption is increased, so that you will spend more money on fuel. So the combination of having to purchase a new set of tyres more frequently and having to stop more often for fuel will quickly turn the cheaper tyres into the more expensive alternative.
The EU tyre label has been put in place to make it easier to make the right decision when purchasing tyres. Most people know very little about tyres and their importance, so that is why often the decision is purely made based on price as it used to be difficult to compare the tyres. Now part of this problem is gone and it has become easier to at least compare between the items listed on the tyre label.