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All-season tires are a hit in Poland. They are for drivers who want peace of mind

TOMASZ BUDZIK • 2 days ago • 62 comments

More and more Polish drivers say that it is not worth replacing tires with winter ones. Instead, they buy all-season tires. Who is this solution for and when is it best? I talked about it in the WP “Newsroom” special program.

Polish drivers are increasingly opting for all-season tires. The data of the Polish Tire Industry Association shows that in the third quarter of 2021, all-season tires chose 20 percent. more drivers than in the comparable period of 2020 and as much as 44 percent. more motorists than in the third quarter of 2019 At the same time, the popularity of summer and winter tires was declining. In 2020, all-season tires were already 16 percent market, while winter 43 percent and summer 41 percent. Partial data show that at the end of 2021 this share will be even higher. And this is not a coincidence.

Why are Poles more likely to choose such tires? First of all, it is dictated by convenience. Drivers who opt for all-season tires do not have to worry about storing a set that they are not using. They also do not have to plan a visit to the vulcanizer during the replacement season, i.e. when it is most crowded there.

Secondly, technology is behind the success of all season tires. Do not kid yourself, such tires are always a compromise, but the development of new rubber compounds and better tread design have made this compromise less and less painful.

In strictly winter conditions, when there is snow and frost, winter tires perform better, but let’s look at what conditions we usually drive in the season of using winter tires. Traditionally, winter tires are fitted at the end of October or November and are changed to summer tires in April. Most of the Polish motorists at that time very rarely face frost, snow and ice. More often we have a few lines above zero and possible rainfall. And in such conditions, all-season tires turn out to be more effective than winter tires.

This has been shown by research conducted in Great Britain. Earlier this year, the British conducted an interesting comparative test involving braking from 80 to 5 km / h on a wet surface at different temperatures. Here are the results:

Temperature: 2 degrees Celsius

  • Summer tire: 33.66 m
  • Winter tire: 27.93 m
  • All season tire: 27.90 m
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 34.26
  • Michelin CrossClimate+: 27,28

Temperature: 6.5 degrees Celsius

  • Summer tire: 30.20 m
  • Winter tire: 28.28 m
  • All season tire: 27.64 m
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 35.16 m
  • Michelin CrossClimate+: 27,32 m

Temperature: 9.8 degrees Celsius

  • Summer tire: 28.27 m
  • Winter tire: 28.88 m
  • All season tire: 27.86 m
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 35.89 m
  • Michelin CrossClimate+: 27,67 m

Temperature: 15 degrees Celsius

  • Summer tire: 27.51 m
  • Winter tire: 29.63 m
  • All season tire: 28.06 m
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3: 37.21 m
  • Michelin CrossClimate+: 28,06 m

All-season tires will be especially useful for those motorists who do not go to the mountains in winter or go only to popular places, where you can count on a reasonable road quality. Such tires are also a great solution for those who drive little and want to feel safe in all conditions.

The popularity of all-season tires may also be increased by the possible introduction of regulations requiring the use of tires suitable for this season in winter. If this happens in the future, the owner of all-season tires will not have to worry about looking at the calendar and plan visits to the tire repair shop in advance to avoid being fined.

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