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Seasonal tires

Summer tires vs. all season tires

Some motorists may find that a dedicated set of summer tires is more suitable than a single set for year-round use. We examine the pros and cons of both options.

Summer tires: Tires intended for summer use typically use a softer compound rubber for good grip and handling in wet and dry conditions. Summer tires are designed to perform best at temperatures above 7 °C, making them less suitable for colder conditions.

You should consider a dedicated summer tire if:

  • You already have a set of winter tires for severe driving conditions
  • You are looking for optimal vehicle handling and performance in warmer weather
  • Your local conditions involve mild winters with temperatures typically staying above 7 °C, meaning you can use summer tires year-round

All-season tires: For areas with milder winter conditions – where it is rare for temperatures to fall below 0 °C, or to experience heavy snowfall – all-season tires may offer an acceptable compromise between specific summer and winter options.

Sava all-season tires carry the same ‘M+S‘ and ‘Snowflake’ designations as dedicated winter tires, meaning they are acceptable for winter use where winter tires are required by law, and offer good performance in challenging driving conditions.

You should consider an all-season tire if:

  • You don’t want to change between summer and winter tires
  • Winter temperatures in your locality rarely drop below freezing – if this is not the case, you should consider a set of dedicated winter tires
  • You’re unable to store and fit two separate sets of tires

For optimal performance in winter conditions, we advise use of Sava winter tires.