3 Key Reasons to Change to Summer TiresApr 24th, 2015
After one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, the sun has finally broken through the clouds and spring is in the air. Now that temperatures are consistently above 7 degrees Celsius it indicates that it is time to change your winter tires over to summer or all-season tires. I have provided 3 reasons why it is important to swap your tires for the warmer seasons.
Winter tires are specifically made for lower temperatures
Every tire is specifically engineered for a specific reason in mind and winter tires were designed to sustain lower temperatures. Their tread remains flexible well below the freezing mark meaning there is a significant amount more traction when gripping onto snowy and icy surfaces. Winter tires do not perform as well on dry and warm roads.
Winter tires wear more quickly in warmer weather above 7 degrees Celsius
As mentioned above, the performance level of winter tires on warm and dry pavement is less than ideal. When these tires come into contact with the warmer surfaces, heat is created and the rubber blocks become compressed. This is due to the sipes contacting the warm pavements and do not have anything to release the energy from the heat. Excess heat on a winter tire will quickly wear it out.
Reduced speed of braking
Winter tires are specifically designed for more flexibility when digging into the snow and ice for traction and will provide more tread blocks and sipes. When driving on dry and warmer pavement this technology will cause the stopping distances to increase making it longer and more difficult to stop.
Essentially too much heat will wear away the winter tire compounds and you will sacrifice the grip if left on over the warmer seasons.
Our service team at 401 Dixie Kia is here to help and we make it easy to book an appointment online at 401dixiekia.com to swap your tires this season. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.