Using all-weather tires can be the safest and most convenient tire option for drivers that live in areas that are not having a well-defined winter season. There are numerous areas that have more unstable winter conditions and also drivers that might drive through areas that combine both winter and summer conditions during the same day. In this case it is much safer to use a winter approved all-weather tire that just using an all-season tire. The decision to either use one tire for the whole year or then alternating between all-season and winter tires can be an important one to make. There are pros and cons for both, so it all comes down to what suits you the best. The initial investment is lower as you only have to purchase one set of tires and not two sets, however the overall costs will basically be the same as two sets they will last twice as long, so the overall cost will be the same.
With all weather tires you have the benefit that you can manage with one set for the whole year. You do however need to make sure that the all-weather tires that you plan to purchase are officially approved for winter use. If you get all-weather tires that are winter approved, then you can drive safely also during winter conditions. You are always ready to drive even if the weather conditions changes, so you can always rely on the ability to use your car every day of the year. This makes the all-weather tires very convenient tire option. If you have to visit areas that have snow during the day, then it is not a problem as you will have good grip in all conditions.
If you only have one set of tires, then you have to remember to rotate the tires to even out the wear, something that would be done when you alternate tires between all-season and winter tires, you now have to monitor and take care of on your own. There are no restrictions for the use of all-weather tires, so that you can use them in any country around the Europe, so you don’t have to worry about when you cross country borders. For recurring harsh winter conditions that last during the winter season, you will have better safety performance with dedicated winter tires. Your summer performance will also increase if you have premium all season tires during the warm summer months.
When it comes to alternating between all-season and winter tires you will need to make sure that you have two sets of premium tires of high quality, one set for each season. You do however make sure that you have the winter tires mounted before the winter weather arrives, you are therefore more vulnerable to drastic weather changes when you alternate tires than with one all-weather tires.
You have to select if you want studded or non-studded winter tires, where the non-studded provide more flexibility as there are no regulations prohibiting their use across country borders.