It is often questioned if people can use all-weather tyres during the summer season or if they should use summer tires. The answer is yes, you can use all-weather tyres during the summer. It is not the best tyre, as you will surely get better performance out of a dedicated summer tyre that is designed only to be used for the correct temperature range and the conditions you will experience during the summer. This is especially true if you select high quality tires.
Selecting a high quality all-weather tyre, also approved for
winter use, is a perfect solution for people who always want to be ready to
drive regardless of conditions. You will lose some performance both during the
winter and the summer that can be solved by having two sets of tires,
but if you want to stick to one set, then this is a good one.
If you are not all about maximizing the performance and you
drive calmly, you will be ok with an all-weather tyre, especially if the winters
are not extreme. These tyres are much better than driving with summer tyres
during winter conditions or using winter tyres during summer conditions.
Dedicated tyres are designed for a much narrower temperature span, so when you
go outside this span, you will lose a lot of the key properties that you will
need. The all-weather tyres are designed to be able to manage well during the
whole temperature range and have a tread design that can cope with a multitude
of different conditions.
The good thing is that when you have very alternating
weather, like living in an area that might not have the bad winters but a few
times per year, there will be some heavy winter storms causing havoc for the
one that do not have proper winter tyres. This ensures that you don’t get
caught with the wrong tyres the day that you really need the car, which can
happen when you change from winter tyres to summer tyres and then you have a
change of weather and the winter weather returns leaving you with absolutely
the worst tyres for this condition. This can easily happen when you change to
summer tyres too early or change to winter tyres too late.
Summer is the best time of the year to drive, as the weather tends to be great and the roads are in perfect condition. There is more daylight as the sun stays up longer, which means more time to enjoy full visibility. The only challenging driving conditions tend to be thunderstorms, with very heavy rain. When you have this type of heavy summer rain, the water tends to accumulate on the road surface causing a challenge for car to drive.
When the tires have to fight with
trying to remove the excess water, you might end up in a situation where the
tyres are not able to push away the water and ultimately losing contact with
the road surface. This means that you lose control over your vehicle, which can
cause accidents. The contact is lost until the speed is reduced and contact is
regained. As the vehicle is floating on top of the water layer it will lose
speed and regain control, however if the driver panics and turns the steering
wheel, the wheels might be turning when the contact is made and it can cause
the car to jump sideways and potentially crash into cars on the side of it or
the railing. The best way to counteract aquaplaning is to get a good set of
summer tyres, taking your foot off the gas and trying to remain calm.
You need to make sure that you have good summer
tires or tyres that are meant to be used during the summer season on
your car and you need to make sure that they are in good condition. Good
condition means that they are free from any damages caused by hitting curbs or
potholes and that the tread depth is above 4 mm. Low tread depth increases the
chance for aquaplaning due to lower groove volume.
The tyre pressure also needs to be in the correct level as low
tyre pressure causes the tyres to wear faster than intended and your car will
consume more fuel than planed. So it is important that you check the tyre pressure
regularly to ensure that you have the correct pressure.
One thing to consider when you notice that it is time to change your summer tires, is if it is that long ago that you bought them and you have driven sufficient amount of kilometers so that they should have worn out, or is it early. Early tyre replacement can be due to a few factors. One can be that you purchased inferior quality tyres; you should always invest in high quality tires to ensure that you have the best performance as well as good safety properties. Low quality tyres have a higher rolling resistance, which causes them to wear out quicker as well as consume more fuel as you drive. The combination of these factors can be quite expensive and very quickly eat up any savings that you made when you purchased the tyres. If you need to purchase new tyres often it will be more expensive.
Another factor could be that you have the wrong tyres for
your vehicle. This can easily happen if you have an electrical car or a hybrid,
due to the higher torque and the heavy battery packs adding weight. This is why
you should select tyres with low rolling resistance. Rotation becomes very
important to battle the increased wear to ensure even wear between the rear and
the front tyres. So if you alternate between summer tyres and winter tyres,
then this would be a logical time to rotate the tyres, however you might need
to do it more frequently if you drive a lot.
Not monitoring your tyre pressure often enough can cause you
to drive with the wrong tyre pressure. If your car has low tyre pressure the
tyre wear will increase as will the fuel consumption. Since pressure varies
depending on the temperature outside, it is important to check it on a regular
basis to ensure that you have the correct pressure as the owner’s manual
If you purchase a set of high quality tyres and you maintain
them properly by checking the pressure and rotating them for more even wear,
then they should last and not wear out prematurely. Proper maintenance is key
for the longer lifetime of the tyres, so make sure that you don’t neglect this
part once you have invested in good tyres.
SUVs are great and safe vehicles, but only as safe as the quality of your tires. Tread depth of the tyre is important to ensure that you have the key properties intact. When you go below the threshold value of 4 mm depth, you lose a lot of the key properties. These include braking distance, grip and ability to prevent aquaplaning. This is why it is important that you check your tread depth and preferably also monitor the progress. The easiest way to measure the depth, is to push a coin into the tread and measure how far in you were able to push it. If there is a big difference between the front and the rear tyres in terms of depth, then you should rotate the position so that you can even out the wear.
When you go below 4 mm you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tires, so you can
continue to drive safely. You should always purchase a set of 4 new tyres. If
you only change 2, then you will have uneven grip between the front and the
rear of the SUV, and it will cause the SUV to over or under steer. It’s also
important to rotate the tyres so you can ensure that your tyres will wear out
For hybrid SUVs, as they are heavier they will exhibit a
higher degree of wear, so it is even more important that you check the tread
depth and also make sure that when you purchase the tyres that you get a set
that is designed for hybrid SUVs.
For improved safety, you need to have good tyres and you
need to make sure that you maintain and rotate them so that they will last a
long time. An important part of your maintenance is visual inspection of the
tyres to check that there are no cuts or cracks. You will need to check the
tyre pressure, to make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure as
indicated in the owner’s manual. Low pressure will lead to higher tyre wear and
also contribute to higher fuel consumption.
A lot of people don’t know that they can improve the performance of their car by selecting the correct tyres. Tyres are an integral part of the vehicle and the only part that is in contact with the road surface. If you have bad tires the grip and control will not be optimal and you might lose control over the vehicle during sharp curves. Aquaplaning will also be more prevalent if the tyres are in bad condition as you will need good tread depth to be able to prevent aquaplaning during heavy rain. Good summer tires are key for preventing aquaplaning and since this is the most frequent cause of accidents during the summer rain, it is good to have tyres that are able to prevent it.
When you face other challenges such as winter weather, then you will need to have tyres that are approved for these conditions. You should have summer tyres during the summer and winter tyres during the winter or then at least all-weather tires that are approved for winter conditions. If you don’t face any winter weather during the year, then you can manage with a summer tyre for the whole year round, but then you will need to make sure that you rotate the tyres to ensure even wear between the rear and the front tyres.
If you have a sports car, it is important that you match that with
high performance tyres that can handle the higher speeds. The same is valid if
you have an electrical car or a hybrid, as both these will need tyres that can
handle the higher loads that comes from the higher weight that these vehicles
exhibit due to the battery packs. This is in the same way that you will need
special tyres if you have an SUV.
For optimal performance you also need to make sure that you have
the correct tyre pressure. If you have wrong tyre pressure you will not get the
best performance from your tyres and thus not the best performance from your
vehicle. If your tyres have low tyre pressure, then your tyres will wear out
faster and it will also lead to your vehicle consuming more fuel. So both these
factors will lead to increased costs as well as you will not have the intended
grip and performance when you take curves and corners, as you would expect.
When it comes to driving safety of a car, it is a combination of how safe the car is and how safe the tyres are. The tires are more involved in preventing the accident and the car will more decisive in how well you will survive a crash. The safest car with bad tyres can still experience accidents if the tyres are in bad condition. It is very important to have the correct tires for the weather conditions that you might experience when you drive. Driving with summer tyres or tyres that are not approved for winter conditions, during winter conditions is very dangerous. In the worst case you will basically not have any grip or traction.
So when selecting tyres for your vehicle you need to decide what tyres you will need during the year. Do you need a set of summer tires and a set of winter tyres and alternate between the seasons? If the winters are not so harsh you can also choose to use an all-weather tire that can handle both summer and winter weathers. Whichever solution you choose, you need to make sure that you have high-quality tyres. This will provide you with the best safety regardless of what weather you will face. The best option if you have winters is always to have a set for summers and another set for winters. This will keep you safe during the winters and will give you the best performance during the summer.
During the summers it is mostly the heavy summer rains that
can cause problems, so you need good tyres that can help prevent aquaplaning.
Tyres have developed a lot and new innovations in the tread design have been
launched that enhance the flow of water away from the surface to help prevent
the occurrence of aquaplaning. For the winter you need to make sure that you
have proper tyres that can handle snow, ice and slush. These conditions are
impossible to cope with if you have summer tyres. A winter approved all-weather
tyres, can manage, but if the winters are severe, you are better off changing tyres between the seasons, but you
need to make sure that you change the tyres in time.
The good thing with buying an SUV instead of smaller passenger cars is that they have better safety statistics. However, safety depends a lot on the tyres that you have on your vehicle. SUVs that are bigger and heavier than normal cars, need to have specific SUV tyres. When you buy your new SUV summer tires, there are a few things that you will need to consider. Some of them are listed on the EU tyre label and they include rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise.
There are though others that should be included and that is how well the tires are able to prevent aquaplaning and how good they are in terms of stability and control. The first three are easy as they are indicated on the tyre label so it is easy to compare between the tyres how well they perform versus the other tyres. When it comes to aquaplaning properties, you tend to have to read about the tyres or see how they perform in tests done by car magazines. For the stability and control, you will need to test drive to see how well they perform on the road and preferably mounted on a similar car as you have.
Selecting a low rolling resistance gives you better fuel
efficiency, so this will save you money as you drive. The rolling noise impacts
the driving comfort, while the wet grip will impact how quickly you can get your
SUV to a full stop if you need to stop quickly. This is important from a safety
point of view as you can often avoid accidents if you can get your SUV to stop
It is important to know that the SUV summer tyres should only be used during plus degrees, once you go below zero degrees the tyres become hard and inflexible and will not be able to provide you with the grip that you will need for safe driving. This is why it is important to change to SUV winter tyres or SUV all-weather tires once the winter season approaches and the temperature drops below zero degrees. It is not necessary that you have winter conditions like snow, ice or slush for it to be dangerous to drive; it is enough if the temperature drops.
When you purchase new tyres for your car or your SUV, the safety aspect of the tires should always be the first priority. Tyres contribute a lot to the safety of a vehicle as it is the only part that is in contact with the road surface, so if the tyres can’t convey the forces in terms of acceleration and retardation from the car, then it will not be safe to drive. The tyre also makes sure that you can take sharp corners without losing control or get you through wet streets without the risk of aquaplaning.
When you select tyres, the only safety feature that is
listed on the EU-tyre label is the wet grip, which indicates how quickly the
car will stop on a wet surface. Being able to stop quickly is often essential
in avoiding accidents. The distance of how quickly you can stop is referred as
the braking distance and tires that exhibit shorter distance are always to be
preferred. To stop on wet surfaces is more challenging than on dry roads, but
of course less challenging than stopping on snow or ice.
So the requirements will vary depending on if you are buying summer tires, winter tyres or all-weather tires, but the priority is that they should be as safe as possible for your intended use. For summers you need to worry most about the wet surfaces and heavy rain, which increases the risk for aquaplaning. During winters you have to make sure that your tyres are good in winter conditions. If you will drive more on ice than snow, you should go for a studded tyre, as they will give you the best grip on icy surfaces. If it is more snow, the non-studded tyres will perform just as well, so then you can decide based on personal preference which tyres you want to have. If you travel a lot between different countries then you will need to assure that studded tyres are allowed in that country before you drive there. If the winters are not so harsh and you always want to be ready to drive regardless of what weather you have or what is forecasted, then the all-weather tyres is a great compromise tyre that if it is winter approved, can handle both summer and winter conditions.
For safe driving you are relying on your tyres and your driving skills. The tyres play a fundamental part of making sure that you remain safe as you drive. Weather impacts the ability to drive, while it shouldn’t stop us. It is just that you will have to match the tyres for the condition that you will face. With matching the correct tyres and weather, if the quality of the tyres is good, you will be safe to drive.
If you live in an area with big weather changes, alternating between winter and winter weather, then summer tires will not be enough to cope with the conditions. You will then have to go for having two sets of tyres and alternate between them depending on the season, or then you can opt for an all-weather tyre that should be approved for winter conditions. The all-weather tire is designed to handle all the weathers that you might face, regardless if it is dry summer hot roads or icy and snowy winter conditions. You will still be better off during winter with specific winter tyres and if you have a solid reoccurring winter, then you should alternate between tires. However if you live in an area where you are never really sure if it will be a real winter or not and quick changes in weathers that might leave you with the wrong tyres. For these cases the all-weather tyres prove to be very important and a big reason why you can drive everyday regardless of weather and you don’t have to worry about the weather forecasts.
If you do decide upon changing tyres between the seasons,
then you will need a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres. You will
need to make sure that you shift the tyres in time so that you have the winter
tyres on your car before the winter arrives and leave them on until the winter
has safely disappeared in favor for the summer. You don’t want to drive with
winter tyres during the summer as they will get very soft and wear out faster
than intended. If you have studded winter tyres, then there are regulations in
place mandating when the studded tyres have to be removed and also when they
earliest can be mounted on the car to be ready for the winter season.
The EU tyre label has been put in place to simplify the tyre
decision, as it makes it easier to compare tyres. The tyre label
gives you 3 performance indicators so that you can compare the tyres and how
they perform on these.
You have the rolling resistance, which indicates the energy
that is consumed by the transformation during the road contact of a tyre. The rolling
resistance can be correlated to how much extra fuel the resistance will cause. A
low rolling resistance will consume less fuel than a high rolling resistance.
There is no reason whatsoever to select a tyre that has a
high rolling resistance. It will consume more fuel and generate also more
carbon dioxide emissions.
Then you have wet grip, which shows the braking distance on
a wet surface. The quicker you can stop, the more likely you are to avoid
accidents. Wet grip is an important safety aspect of a summer tyre. So you
should always try to select a tyre that has good wet grip rating. This is of
course more indicated for summer tyres
and can’t be directly translated to any winter properties.
Finally you have tyre noise, which is the sound level that
the tyre reaches when it is rolling. This can impact your driving comfort and
more so if you have a hybrid car or an electric car, as they tend to be
quieter. Here again there is no reason to select a noisy tyre.
So by selecting a tyre that has low rolling resistance, good
wet grip and low tyre noise, you have generally selected a good tyre.