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All-season tire buying guide

Everything you need to know about buying all-season tires


Fast Facts: Which all-season tires are best for you? 

  • All-season tires are suitable for a wide range of vehicles from passenger vehicles to SUVs, EVs and trucks
  • Continental’s all-season tires proudly display the M+S symbol and the 3PMS symbol, showing they are suitable for winter driving and compliant with most countries’ winter tire laws
  • Continental’s all-season tires are suitable for Electric vehicles (EVs), able to handle the greater demands EVs place on tires due to their weight and instant torque capabilities
  • Continental’s premium range of all-season tires caters to all SUVs

All-season tires can give motorists the best of both worlds: a tread depth suitable for most weather conditions, an impressive tread-life and freedom from the hassle of changing, then storing your summer and winter tires each year. They can be the perfect solution if you live in a mild climate.

Seasonal tires are the best choice for you if you have to tackle tough winters or very hot summers.

Find out if all-season tires are right for you, discover which all-season tire is best for passenger cars, EVs, SUVs or trucks, and learn to recognize the all-weather symbol on your sidewall.

What to consider before investing in all-season tires

Think about where you will be driving and how often. If you have an SUV that needs to drive smoothly in town, but must also go off-road on a regular basis, you’ll need a tire brand that is more suited for all-terrain with the best traction rating and tread-wear warranty. Or perhaps you drive a passenger car that spends almost all its time in an urban environment? In this case you might want to focus more on braking capabilities, fuel efficiency and aquaplaning performance.

Of course your safety and peace of mind are our key concerns. Use our tire buying guide, the Continental Tire Finder, to help you find perfect new tires, whichever vehicle you drive: 


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What does the all-weather symbol look like on your sidewall?

Close-up of an all-season Continental tire showing the ‘M+S’ and 3PMSF symbols

The sidewall provides a lot of information about your car tire if you know how to read it. Find out more here

To be sure that your all-season tire will be able to offer optimum performance in all but the most extreme weather conditions, the two things to look out for on your sidewall are the ‘M+S’ symbol and ‘3PMSF’, the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol – literally an image of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake inside.

‘M+S’ shows the tire’s suitability for driving in mud and snow; the ‘3PMSF’ symbol indicates experts have certified the tire as safe to use in snow. The three-peaks symbol also means the tire is suitable for use in regions where snow tires are a legal requirement.

Continental all-season tires carry both symbols, making them incredibly versatile and a great investment. However, you must use winter tires if you drive in harsh winter conditions where temperatures regularly drop below freezing.

Seasonal or all-season tires for electric vehicles?

An EV plugged into charge point with tires in full view

Electric vehicles are the future, but whilst their carbon footprint is considerably lower, the strain placed upon their tires is much greater. Why? Car batteries are heavy, so there’s greater pressure on the wheels, plus an EV’s instant torque puts extra stress on tires and increases tread wear. The extra weight increases braking distance, too.

Essentially, if you’re an EV driver you need to take extra care of your tires, whether seasonal or all-season, and choose a stronger tire than you would for a combustion-engine car.

In many ways, swapping between summer tires and winter tires might seem the best choice for an EV. However, advanced research and cutting-edge technology behind Continental’s all-season tires affirm they are suitable for use with EVs, offering good tread-life even under the additional strains.

Which all-season tires are best for SUVs?

A SUV with all-season tires

Continental offers a range of all-season tires for SUVs amongst the best in their class and with a generous tread-life warranty.

  • If you drive a crossover you might do most of your driving in the city. Continental’s all-season tires offer excellent handling all year round, high fuel efficiency and even noise-reducing technology for a smooth and quiet ride
  • An e-SUV’s battery weight and instant torque mean the rubber compound in EV all-season tires must be especially robust to ensure you get the best grip and most responsive braking possible. And if you want to take your e-SUV off-road, you’ll need to find the right balance between a smooth tread with less rolling resistance and optimum traction for all-terrain driving
  • Ultra-high-performance SUVs need a premium tire that gives superb handling with maximum levels of grip, and a longer tread-life. Our High-Performance Technology Center (HTPC) is continually developing innovative technologies to improve their performance tires, as well as create new tread patterns to enable high-performance SUVs to drive at their very best

Rest assured, when it comes to safety, performance and efficiency from your all-season tires, Continental has got your track.

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