It is easy to understand that winters have some of the hardest driving conditions that you can imagine. Driving in summer is much more easier. The dry road is a perfect condition for almost any type of summer tyres. Tyres’ grip is almost guaranteed unless they have messed up the rubber compound. The design of the tread further enhances the grip and improves the driving properties while minimizing the risk of aquaplaning even in heavy summer rain. I am not saying that all the tyres are same, I’m rather trying to point out that during summers it is more difficult to fail with a tyre to the same extent that you can during the winter season.
Tyres have a big impact on the safety of a car and even during the summer a high quality tyre will provide you with better safety than a budget tyre. The braking distance of a premium tyre will be usually shorter, which can help keep you out of accidents. The rolling resistance tends to be lower with high quality tyres, which means that also the fuel consumption will be lower. The tyre wear is also lower and you have to replace your tyres more seldom. All these factors act in your favor saving money on the tyres in the long run.
Winter conditions doesn’t have to be that difficult to drive in, but in winter you need to be extra careful with your tyre choice. You can choose studded winter tyres with metal studs or you can go for non-studded tyres that rely on other technological innovations in the tread design and rubber compound to provide the needed grip on winter roads. Both are great on snowy surfaces, but the studded tyres perform a bit better on icy surfaces. Both are approved for winter conditions, so if you have a set of high quality winter approved tyres, you will manage very well on winter conditions.
In summer, the trickiest situation is the summer rain and sudden thunderstorms. You do need tyres that have a proper tread design to cope with wet surfaces, to be able to avoid aquaplaning. Most tyres will do ok on dry roads, even though there are differences, e.g., in terms of braking distances, stability and tyre noise.