Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires
Many people use the terms “all-season tires” and “summer tires” interchangably. The tire you choose has implications on things like engine performance, mileage, and handling. So, it is important to understand the difference between all-season tires and summer tires based on the vehicle, its location, and the climate, along with the driver’s preferences. Here is a summary to help understand the differences between all-season and summer tires.
Summer tires are known alternatively as performance tires. These tires provide better grip, cornering, handling, and braking in the summer season. The reason for such performance is the presence of specially developed tread patterns with the use of rubber compounds to allow improved precision and handling on the road. The tread in summer tires has fewer groove and provides more contact of the tire with the ground, thus making the tire’s grip on the road optimal. The compounds used to manufacture summer tires provide flexibility to allow for expanding air in the tire for better grip and traction. This makes summer tires a good choice to be used in Dubai cars, about which you can read here.
Summer tires are also suitable for driving in wet conditions mainly due to their unique tread pattern that allows water to evacuate from the tire and resist hydroplaning.
All-season tires can be a compromise between summer and winter tires and offer an amalgamation of capabilities leading to a balanced performance in both wet and dry conditions. All-season tires have moderate tread patterns, and the rubber compounds used to manufacture these tires are specifically chosen to provide a longer life of the tread as compared to summer tires. Due to no fixed specification, all-season tires are available in differing sizes, types, speed ratings, and load capacities according to varying vehicle types.
All-season tires provide less grip in comparison with summer tires to provide longer tread life at the expense of steering, cornering, and handling. These tires provide some amount of traction while driving in winter, but aren’t the best choice in harsh winter conditions.
However, when it comes to driving in winter, all-season tires are more suitable than summer tires, due to their truly mixed performance. All-season tires can seemingly be known for their Jack of all trades performance.
Selecting the correct tire for your car isn’t a simple choice, as it can be expensive to get your tires changed, and can’t be repeated in every few days. One of the quickest ways to make the decision is to base it on the driving conditions, climate, and the car’s performance requirements.
If however, you are faced with confusion and lack of information, you can choose according to the information provided in the car’s service manual which lists the minimum requirements according to the manufacturers.