A tire is a round band that encircles the rim of a wheel and forms a tread that rolls on either a road, a prepared track, or the ground. Tires, especially those on automobiles and bicycles are pneumatically inflated structures that provide a flexible cushion which absorbs shock as the tire rolls over varied surfaces. It is strongly recommended to use the appropriate tire for each season. This means to drive on summer tires during the warmer seasons and winter tires during the colder seasons. Features of these tires differ in the aspect of rubber compounds, tread grooves, and breadths to better suit different driving conditions. Consulting a car concierge service, car dealership, or your local tire shop may help to determine which is best for your circumstances.
When driving during the winter season, having the right tire for the road matters. Summer tires need to be removed from your vehicle as the winter season approaches in full force and temperatures drop at or below sub-zero levels. Summer tires cannot perform during these conditions to the same level of efficiency as winter tires.
The winter season is unpredictable throughout many parts of the country and typically brings heavy snow and black ice to roads making it essential to install the right tires on your car to maximize traction and safety. Winter tires are made up of a stiffer compound which aids in helping tires to reach optimal operating temperatures more rapidly, thus enhancing vehicle handling with the required elasticity in more extreme conditions.
All-season tires combine the operations of summer and winter driving conditions. When the climate changes, all-season tires adapt based on the conditions and temperature making them suitable for prolonged use and year-round driving. The versatility of the all-season tires has limitations, so be sure to research your specific all-season tire. Most vehicles are available from the manufacturer or through a car concierge service with all-season tires, so don’t hesitate to request these if all-season tires are right for you.
Knowing the Pros and Cons
• Winter tires are designed for snowy and icy roads. All-season tires are better on winter road conditions than summer tires, but they are not as effective as winter tires during extreme conditions.
• Swapping between summer and winter tires can be expensive. When using all-season tires, no swapping is needed.
• Winter tires can only be used during the winter season, while all-season tires can be used year-round.
• Winter tires outperform others during the winter season (cold and extreme conditions); Summer tires outperform others during the summer season (warm weather); All-season tires are a middle ground of both.
If you live in extreme or harsh winter conditions, it may be a good idea to have separate tires for each season. All-season tires may be an excellent option to avoid the cost and trouble associated with changing tires twice a year.