What happens with summer tyres during the winter?

There is a reason why you need to change to winter tyres during the winter, if you plan to drive in winter conditions. Winter conditions isn’t merely snow and ice, it is also cold temperatures. When the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius the rubber compound that is used in summer tyres will become hard and will lose its flexibility. When you have a soft tyre, the tyre can adapt to the road surface and the rubber is pressed into the small cavities in the surface to create a very good grip.

When you then try to drive during wintertime with summer tyres, they will have severely reduced grip when the temperature drops below zero. So even if you don’t have any snow or ice present, you should have winter tyres on your car for better driving performance during the cold weather. Summer tyres also have a tread pattern that is optimized for dry and warm summer roads. They can handle wet roads as well as they have been optimized for good wet grip, but not for any snow or ice. They have no features to handle snow or ice. As good as the summer tyre is on summer roads, it is almost equally bad on winter roads, as they have not been designed for that.

So even if you choose a non-studded tyre, that is a winter tyre that doesn’t have metal studs, this tyre is still designed with winter conditions in mind. The rubber compound used in these tyres will not get hard even at very low temperatures and the tread is optimized for adding grip both on snow and ice. The tread pattern will provide you with both grip and traction for safe driving on ice, snow and even on slush. They will prevent you from slushplaning, where the car in a similar way as aquaplaning, will lose contact with the road surface and you end up sliding on a layer of slush.

If you live in areas that don’t really have severe winter weather, you might be able to use all-weather tyres. If you chose a winter approved all-weather tyre, it will have the properties of both a summer and a winter tyres combined into one, so that you have a perfect all year round tyre. This means that you are always ready to drive.

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