Written by a Guest Blogger
Car owners worldwide pretty much know how much money their “pets” are taking from them each month. From fuel, maintenance, to minor interventions and tyres. Roughly divided into two groups, for winter and for summer, these assets are quite expensive, and require regular leaving for service. But, as our technology advances, so does the auto industry and it gave us a way to save money, and to be safe as well. All seasonal tyres work perfectly for all seasons, and in addition, you don’t need to change them with the first snow.
While most of climate changes are covered with theses tyres, there are some extreme conditions which require for you to invest a bit. Light snow, dry weather and rain are no match for those, but heavy snow is something completely different. This is a specific weather condition, which requires special tyres to have, for snow easily fills up the gaps in tyres, rendering them unusable. First thing you should consider whether to buy these, is the climate of your area. If the winter is mild and not snow burdened, you can take into consideration investing into all seasonal tyres. On the other hand, if winters in your area are known for deep snow, I recommend setting all seasonal tyres for other seasons, and for winter, buy those designed for snow and ice.
What are those?
All seasonal tyres are, simply put, a compromise between performance tyres, which are made for warm weather, and those for rain and snow. For performance tyres is specific that they are softer, with shallow step, but they produce a lot more sound. They are made from softer compound, and provide better traction. When it comes to rain and lighter snow, compound for these tyres is somewhat harder, but the tread pattern is the main difference. It is deeper, wider, and its ability to disperse water is of utmost importance. The main reason why performance tyres are ineffective when it rains is that its treads are unable to deal with the water, and that is where problems are made. Sliding, slipping and impossibility to transfer power from the engine to the wheels are the results which can often lead to car accidents. All seasonal tyres (their mark is AS), are sort of a combination of those two types. Treads which can handle water and great grip for dry conditions are its main distinctions.
How to buy and save?
First thing to be said here, you will need to do some research. Online shopping, comparing prices, and buying slightly used tyres will save you a lot of money. Many online stores are offering discount and free shipping, so if your local dealers are way too expensive, consider this option. Also, many of those sites have customer opinion section, where you can read and consider other people’s experiences. On the other hand, if you are in a hurry, and you cannot wait for tyres to be delivered, visit a few shops in your area, and buy in those stores which offer discount, or the best conditions. Second-hand tyres should be considered as a short-term solution, for their lifespan is quite shorter. Be sure that you ask what their mileage is, and how much more they can be used. In addition, personnel in such stores are highly educated in that area, and can often provide you with some important information and tips.
Well, when it comes to pros of this type of tyres, the first reason is definitely money. You will save quite a bit of money, if you invest in this kind of tyres, and in addition, that money can be saved after just a few months. Also, the space is somewhat important; for you will have one set of tyres, instead of two in your garage, for the other will be mounted on your car. It is widely known that garages are cramped and stuffed places, and every bit of space needs to be saved. Most of all, great selection of tyres will provide you with comfort and reliability at the same time.
So, when everything said is taken into consideration, these tyres represent the future of this section of car industry. They are available, and already in use, so there is no reason to switch to those immediately.
About the Blogger
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to automotive industry and latest car news. In her free time she enjoys visiting car shows and reading auto related articles.