Just when we thought it was safe to start thinking we’d seen the last of the winter weather, forecasters are predicting temperatures will drop to almost freezing with a blast of cold air from Russia leading to snow in parts of the UK this weekend.
Last week we were enjoying temperatures of up to 17.5C, but this weekend the mercury could drop to as low as 1C and while while there is already snow on the ground in South Wales, Huddersfield and Durham, other areas, including Yorkshire and Derbyshire could also be affected.
This changeable weather is precisely why tyre makers Pirelli and Michelin have launched two new tyres, which are targeted at motorists who experience temperate weather, but don’t want the hassle of switching between winter and summer tyres.
The Pirelli Cinturato All Season has been designed for owners of ‘city cars, who aren’t looking for extreme performance and who don’t cover a huge number of kilometres per year’. It is described as being perfect in summer, without any of the performance drop-off seen by winter tyres in hot conditions, and works just as well in non-extreme winter conditions – as typically seen in towns and cities. Pirelli go as far as to claim, the Cinturato All Season delivers its very best performance in those conditions where having either a summer tyre or a winter tyre would be a compromise.
Hot on its tail comes the Michelin CrossClimate, which is billed as being perfectly suited to motorists looking for one tyre to cope with the sort of temperate weather experienced in the UK. Thanks to its successful fusion of summer and winter tyre technologies, Michelin claims its new tyre delivers remarkable performance in: dry braking, wet grip (with the highest A ranking) and traction on snow, being the first ever summer tyre to obtain winter certification for performance on snow.
Michelin CrossClimate tyre aims to arm motorists with a tyre suited for every weather condition, including sudden rain showers, snowfall and temperature drops. According to Michelin it is: “the first-ever tyre that helps keep you safe in every weather condition, with the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year round”.
So, for the kind of weather we will be experiencing over the period of just seven days, these tyres could provide the solution for motorists who want the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year round, but want to feel safe at all times.