Summer, Winter or All Season Tyres
Summer tyres are recommended by some manufacturers for use between May and October when temperatures are traditionally above 7°C.
Most parts of Britain do not experience massive differences in temperatures between seasons or have to suffer very severe winter conditions i.e. severe, long term snow. Most drivers could use summer tyres all year round. Summer tyres are designed to provide traction on warm and hot surfaces but they do still perform well in rain.
Winter tyres are specifically designed for cold conditions and ice and snow. They will provide much better traction in these conditions than either summer or winter alternatives.
The pattern on a winter tyre has wider treads and more rubber blocks to grip snow, ice and road surfaces in conditions colder than 7°C. They are not recommended for the warmer months as they will wear out much quicker than All Season and Summer options due to being made from softer rubber.
All Season Tyres
All season tyres will give the driver who only wants to use the same set throughout the year, good performance in any driving conditions. An all season tyre will give a better performance in summer than a winter tyre and a better performance in winter than a summer tyre.