Making The Right Tire Call—Why You Should Switch For The Season


Some tires are designed for specific conditions. Summer and warm weather tires are firmer, and built to stand up to the continual wear of hot pavement on the treads. Those treads are more shallow to maximize speed and agility. The increased rubber contact with the road makes them better for cornering, and precision, and grip during the warmer months. 


Winter tires offer a bit more flex, and are made with a softer rubber. The treads are much deeper than their summer counterparts as well. These two factors make it possible for winter tires to penetrate snow and slush that might cover the road and flex to meet the surface of the pavement. 


Why One Won’t Work For The Other

Winter tires are softer, and the deeper treads wear down quickly when grinding against hot summer roads. On the flip side, summer tires don’t have those deep treads and cannot penetrate the snow and ice and find it much more difficult to get traction in slick conditions. Using summer tires in winter conditions isn’t just not ideal; it’s downright dangerous! Winter tires can be used over the summer, but they don’t give quite the level of control of warm-weather tires, and break down quickly, reducing their effectiveness when the winter comes back around


What Should You Do?

Switching tires with the seasons doesn’t mean you need to buy new tires every few months. What many people do is keep a second set of tires that they can swap out when the weather starts to shift. This keeps the car driving safely and the tires wear down less quickly. You can either do the tire changes yourself, or you can go to a garage where the process is much faster. One thing is for sure: don’t put off adapting your tires!


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