What’s The Difference Between All Season And Summer Tires?

What’s The Difference Between All Season And Summer Tires?

If you are considering some type of tire replacement for your vehicle it’s important to understand the differences between all season tires and summer tires. Depending on the type of vehicle that you are driving, the regular driving conditions that affect the vehicle and your preferences for performance, it may be a wise idea for you to consider certain types of tires. Here are some of the main differences between all season and summer tires so that you can prepare for your tire replacement:

All Season Tires

All season tires are designed for the best in balance and offer acceptable performance for dry and wet conditions. All season tires can also provide you with some traction in snow. These types of tires are typically built with a moderate tread depth and a rubber compound that’s designed to improve tread life throughout various weather conditions. All season tires are a common choice for vehicles of any size and capability. They are often designed to improve ride comfort and handling.

All season tires can perform well in warm weather as well as in cooler weather but they tend to offer less grip especially at extremely warm temperatures. This can mean sacrificing some of the grip that you would get while braking and cornering.

If you regularly experience small amounts of snowfall in your area, all season tires can provide you with an extra level of protection for light snowfall ensuring that you can still enjoy some grip. All season tires are often a great choice for drivers that once prepare for any type of weather conditions for driving.

Summer Tires

Summer tires are prioritized for performance and design for dry roads. Using summer tires can help you to improve your braking capability, responsiveness and precision driving. The compounds and tread patterns that are placed on summer tires are designed to give you an improved precision with handling. With the increased contact on the road it’s possible to enjoy a better level of grip, faster cornering and better traction. Summer tires do typically have a shallower depth of tread which can add more stability but also lead to some faster wear.

Most summer tires are suited dimensionally for performance vehicles and high-performance vehicles. Summer tires can provide you with some performance boosts in wet driving conditions and they could help you to resist  hydroplaning but when it comes to winter driving these are tires that will not present you with great performance. All season tires will lead to better traction and grip to help you with snow and ice.

How To Choose The Right Tire

Choosing the right tire ultimately will come down to your vehicle and the conditions that you drive in. If you’re seeking a performance tire that can provide you with the extra grip and precision that you need to handle in summer conditions, a summer tire may be a wise choice. Any tire that is fitted to your vehicle needs to meet the recommended size for your manufacturer as well as the load capacity and speed rating. If you have a performance vehicle that you plan on driving in several weather conditions, having a set of all seasons or summer and winter tires that you switch out could be a great option when you need the optimal performance.

By working with our team we can make recommendations on the best type of tire that can be used for your vehicle based on the type of driving that you do. We can make recommendations for the best new tires on the market as well as help you with fitting or swapping out tires for your vehicle. Contact us today to make an appointment for your summer or all season tire replacement.


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