You want to have the right kind of tires on your vehicle based on the time of year. Then, your vehicle can perform well no matter how warm or cold it is outside. There are summer and winter tires, and there are all-season tires. You want to understand what each tire can do, and which ones you should have on your vehicle based on where you live and what kind of weather conditions you have to drive in. So, here are the differences.
Summer tires work best in dry or wet warm weather conditions. They’re made from a softer rubber compound, and they have large tread blocks. This design gives you more contact with the road, so you have maximum grip and handling power. Summer tires also have deep grooves that provide better traction on wet roads. And, those grooves help keep you from hydroplaning.
Winter tires are made with a rubber compound that remains soft and flexible in freezing temperatures. Their tread also has tiny zig-zag slits, called sipes. They open up as tires roll and they move water and snow to the side, so the the tires can stay in contact with the road. All of these features give you better grip and traction on snow and ice.
All-season tires perform adequately on wet or dry roads, or roads with light snow. They have summer and winter tire features. Their rubber stiffens at lower temperatures, but doesn’t soften in higher temperatures. They also have sipes, so you can stay in contact with the road when you’re driving on snow and ice. These tires work best in areas that don’t have harsh winters.
FAQ: When should I switch between summer and winter tires?
You should swap out your summer tires for winter tires when the temperature drops below 45 degrees. If its warmer during the day, but you only drive in colder mornings and evenings when its below 45, you should also swap them out. You can switch back to summer tires when the temperature climbs above 45 degrees and stays above that temperature all day.
FAQ: Is it dangerous to drive with summer tires in the winter, or with winter tires in the summer?
When temperatures drop, the soft rubber compound on summer tires hardens, and you lose traction. They also don’t have as much grip, no matter if roads are wet or dry. Colder weather can also make the tread compound on summer tires compound crack, or it can chip the edges of their tread blocks. The rubber on winter tires also wears more quickly in the heat. So, using tires in the wrong season can severely damage the tires, and it’s more dangerous for you and your vehicle.
Tips for Driving in Winter Weather
If you have to drive in rough winter weather conditions, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself and your vehicle. You should stock your vehicle with food and water, blankets, cold weather gear, a snow shovel, and other emergency items. You should also make sure your vehicle is properly serviced so you don’t get in an accident or breakdown.
There are things you can do when you’re on the road, too, to stay safe. You should always wear your seatbelt, drive with your headlights on, drive slower than you normally would, and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. When weather conditions are especially bad, you should only go out if it’s absolutely necessary.
Learn More About Summer, Winter, and All-Season Tires in Forest Lake, MN
If you want to learn more about summer, winter or all-season tires, come visit our dealership here in Forest Lake, MN! Our great sales team can tell you everything there is to know about these tires. We can also tell you which tires are best for vehicles. And, if you’re shopping for a new vehicle, we can set you up with a test drive with any of our Chevrolet or Cadillac models. Many of our new models come with our awesome Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. We’re close to Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake, so come visit us today!
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