Tire companies put a lot of effort into educating drivers on the importance of cold weather tires every fall. Simply put, when the mercury drops below seven degrees Celsius an all-season tire starts to lose the traction and handling advantage needed to safely drive on our roads and highways and should be replaced by four suitable cold weather winter tires.
But what about tires for the rest of the year. Instead of all-season and winter tires we have all-season and summer tires, but what’s the difference?
One of the first things that you’ll notice when comparing these two tires is the firmer sidewall typically found in summer tires, like the Toyo Proxes Sport, which makes the tire more responsive when turning or braking. Another important difference between these two types of tires is the specific tread compound used. While the compound used for all-season tires is focused on longevity and ride comfort the compounds used in summer tires are generally focused on providing traction or “a responsive feel” to enhance the handling characteristics of the vehicle.
While both types of tires are suitable for travel in the spring, summer, and fall the type of car you drive will play a big part in choosing the type of tire that’s right for you. If you have a finely tuned high performance sports car then you’ll probably lean towards the summer performance tire in order to compliment the car’s capabilities. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a tire for the family sedan then you’ll probably lean towards the comfort of an all-season tire like the Extensa A/S II.
Regardless of which tire you choose be sure to check your tire pressure at least once a month or before any long road trip and replace them with good cold weather tires when the mercury drops below seven degrees.