Love roadtripping? Well, your favourite time of the year has officially started. However, before you go on those long road trips, switch your winter tyres with summer tyres first. Both winter and summer tyres are manufactured to give you safe and comfort rides in specific weather conditions.
In this post, you will read about the key design differences between these two types of car tyres and we have compiled some useful tips that will help you determine when is the right time to replace your winter tyres with summer tyres. Let’s continue reading then.
The key difference between winter and summer tyres is the composition of rubber used in their manufacturing process. Winter tyres are specifically designed to be used in the temperature below 7°C. Now, if you continue using these tyres when temperature is higher than 7°C, the tyres will heat up speedily and its rubber compound will deteriorate at a fast pace. Very soon, these tyres will be worn out.
On other hand, the rubber compounds used in the designing of summer tyres doesn’t wear away in high temperature, although these tyres can get hardened in low temperatures giving poor driving experience. In short, you need to choose tyres that are designed for the particular weather conditions. It is also worth noting that using winter tyres in summer months will result in less effective braking.
Other design specification that distinguishes summer tyres from winter tyres include tread pattern. Winter tyres have more sipes that ensure improved grip in cold climate conditions, but the same feature makes these tyres less efficient in hot weather conditions. Now you know why you should not drive winter tyres in summer season.
There are some easy ways to ensure if it’s right time to replace your winter tyres with summer tyres. For example, check the tread pattern of your tyres. In the UK, the minimum legal requirement for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. However you should change the tyres when the depth is less than 3mm. You can also check the tread and sidewalls of your tyres to find out if they are damaged. This quick inspection of your tyre will help you know if it’s best time to switch to summer tyres.
A tyre specialist can help you choose right brand and correct size of tyres for your vehicle. Besides, when you get your tyres fitted in an auto repair shop, you can be assured that the tyres are balanced and perfectly aligned. If tyres aren’t balanced properly, it can cause ill-effect on the suspension system of your vehicle and also result in uneven and premature wear of tyres themselves. Meaning, you will need to change tyres again in the near future. Balancing your tyres right now will help you save money and time in the long term. And always keep track on tyre pressure. Tyres with low pressure will make adverse impact on braking and traction, resulting in more fuel consumption and bad driving experience.
Switch to summer tyres when the recorded daily average temperature is higher than 7°C. April end is a preferable time to replace your winter tyres. However, do consider your local weather conditions as well as stability before changing to new tyres.
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