What’s the difference between summer tyres and all season tyres? The simplest answer is that summer tyres are designed to provide you with excellent performance when temperatures are above 7°c as a rule of thumb, but not at temperatures lower than that. By comparison, all season tyres are designed to provide you with great performance all year round.
But there’s a lot more to it than that. Let’s take a look at summer tyres in more detail:
You should choose summer tyres over all season tyres if you are looking for the best possible performance from your tyres in the summer months.
Summer tyres boast high tread elasticity and stiff compounds to perform best in warm weather (recommended above 7°c) in both wet and dry conditions. That means you will get precise handling, excellent grip, and short braking distances, even when it rains. Summer tyres are extremely responsive, ensuring your steering will be quick and accurate – especially through hard cornering.
If you choose summer tyres, you should remember to switch to winter tyres when temperatures start to drop below 7°c as a rule of thumb. Winter tyres provide you with the best performance in colder months.
Look out for these technologies in our summer tyres:
Active Braking Technology
helps you stop quicker on wet and dry
Racing Derived Construction
improves steering precision and handling
Race-Inspired Ultra-High-Performance Tread Compound
helps provide excellent dry traction
large tread blocks along the outer edges to help provide confident handling on dry roads
Mileage Plus Technology
high tread elasticity and flexibility results in fewer fractures caused by rough road conditions
Wet Braking Technology
lower compound stiffness facilitates block bending and wiping out of water. A longer and increased number of gripping edges facilitate water evacuation
Dry Stability Plus Technology
larger ribs at the centre of the tread ensure higher stiffness
Making its magazine test debut in the Auto Express Sumer Tyre Test 2020, the EfficientGrip Performance 2 put forward an outstanding performance against competitors to take first place on the podium.
EfficientGrip Performance 2 scored 100% in the following tests: Dry handling, Rolling resistance and Cabin noise.
All season tyres blend the best of both the summer and winter tyre into one package, meaning you can run it all year round. This tyre is best if you live somewhere that does not get especially cold or see too much snow and ice.
All season tyres are also a good choice if you are looking for the convenience of running your car on one set of tyres all year round rather than worrying about switching between summer and winter tyres. With all-season tyres, you will get good performance in the summer and when the seasons change, the tyre has the elasticity in the rubber to provide good winter performance too.
Goodyear all-season tyres meet high standards for performance in winter conditions and bear the same ‘M+S‘ and ‘Snowflake’ designations as winter tyres. This means you can use them in countries where winter tyres are required by law.
If winter driving is a particular concern, we recommend fitting a set of dedicated winter tyres for the best performance in winter conditions.
Look out for these technologies in our all season tyres:
Smart Tread Technology
allows the tyre to adapt to seasonal changes and continue to perform all year
Eco Plus Tread Technology
creates a low rolling resistance, allowing your vehicle to go further on less fuel
High-density 3D Blade Sipe System
provides traction for all road conditions - including snow and ice
Snow Grip Technology
provides a better grip on snow through a large number of sipes at the centre of the tread. The sipes influence each other at their intersection, stimulating their opening for better grip
Dry Handling Technology
provides shorter dry braking and improved dry handling by reducing deformation of the tire during heavy manoeuvres
Aqua Control Technology
provides lifetime aquaplaning resistance as grooves evolve over time to continuously ensure water dispersion
The Auto Express All-Season Product Awards 2021 saw the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 take its second Auto Express Badge, with an admirable second place. The tyre scored consistently high across the board, excelling in wet and snow performance. The tyre put forward a superb performance with improved fuel economy, further proving to be the ultimate All-Season tyre of choice.
Excellent driving performance in all weather conditions all year long.