Tyre Talk

5 Reasons Why Summer Roads and Winter Tyres Are a Horrible Match

If you’re one of those people who drive with the same tyres the whole year round: this is your must-read article.

Summer roads and winter tyres don’t go together. It’s like wearing a scarf and gloves during hot, summer days. Don’t like the smelly, sticky sweat running down your back? Well, your car doesn’t like winter tyres while soaring down warm and sunny roads.

Please, do consider the six reasons why you should change your tyres with the seasons listed below. None of them is futile.

Let’s have a look at your winter tyres first. First thing to know and remember: winter tyres are made for rugged winter conditions. They are made out of rubber that’s a bit more flexible than the rubber in summer tyres. This flexibility allows winter tyres to adapt to snow and icy surfaces. The tread patterns are also a bit deeper, so your tyres will have more grip in winter conditions.

Here’s why winter tyres are so effective in winter conditions:

1. Winter tyres wear down easier in warm temperatures
Don’t like the smelly, sticky sweat running down your back in summer? Well, your car doesn’t like winter tyres while soaring along warm and sunny highways.

So, winter tyres are excellent when they are ploughing through snow and ice. But when it gets warmer, the flexible rubber will wear down more easily than the sturdier rubber of a summer tyre. 

Remember that winter tyres are designed to last two to three winter seasons. By using them the entire year, they won’t last that long. 

2. Your car will perform less
If you’re driving along the highway, and suddenly see an obstacle, you would want to be able to react quickly, right? The way your car reacts to your steering is directly influenced by its tyres. Winter tyres are a bit softer, so they can adapt to the rugged terrain of winter conditions. However, during summer, that softness will impeach your reaction time to obstacles. Did you know that the average difference in braking distance between summer and winter tyres is 1.5m in summer conditions? When it’s wet, that distance goes up to 4 metres! So changing to summer tyres makes a huge difference.

3. You can save money by changing to summer tyres
In the long run, you will save a lot more money by getting your tyres changed, than using winter tyres the whole year round. As mentioned above, winter tyres wear out very easily using them in the summer time.

4. You will burn less fuel 
You will also save money on fuel. Summer tyres are made of sturdier rubber that will keep them hard. This allows the tyre to rotate easier, meaning the engine has to work less to keep your car rolling. Of course, this will make a difference while paying at the gas station. If your engine is working less, you will burn less fuel.

If you want to experience the real driving joy of summer rides, then switch to summer tyres

5. Driving is more pleasant with the right tyres
If you want to experience the real driving joy of summer rides, then switch to summer tyres. Giving your car the proper equipment to meander over sunny hills and along warm highways will make your ride a whole lot more fun.