Designed to work best during the warmer months, Summer Tyres are created with a specific tread pattern to deliver optimal performance on both dry and wet roads between April to September, when the air temperature is usually above 7°C.
If by spring you still have Cold Weather Tyres fitted to your vehicle, you will find they are less effective on the warmer roads, offering reduced handling and fuel economy.
Benefits of Summer Tyres
Better mileage and reduced fuel consumption: Because Summer Tyres have less elasticity, the rolling resistance of the tyre is reduced. As a result drivers benefit from longer lasting tyres and better fuel economy.
Improved driver comfort and reduced noise: Summer Tyres are softer than Cold Weather Tyres, which means they are better at absorbing vibrations from uneven road surfaces and are generally quieter.
Improved control: Softer tyres provide better grip on dry surfaces so during the milder months, Summer Tyres provide unrivalled handling and steering stability.
Good all-rounders: In countries like the UK where the weather is generally less severe during the winter months, Summer Tyres can be used year-round offering excellent performance on both wet and dry surfaces. However, in severe weather conditions where the temperature drops below 7°C, Cold Weather Tyres are the best option.
How do they work?
Summer Tyres are made from a much softer rubber compound than Cold Weather Tyres, meaning Summer Tyres deliver better grip and superior handling on both dry and wet roads in warmer conditions.
Summer Tyres also feature a simpler tread pattern, with fewer grooves and sipes (up to ten times less tyre grooves). This optimises contact with the road during dry summer months improving the vehicles traction and braking ability - This makes Summer Tyres less suitable for winter weather conditions where the temperature drops below 7°C.
Why Should I fit Summer Tyres?
The chances are your vehicle is already fitted with Summer Tyres, as the majority of vehicle manufacturers fit this type of tyre as standard.
However, if you have switched to Cold Weather Tyres during the colder months, it is recommended that you switch back to Summer Tyres when the weather reaches average temperatures of 7°C as your Cold Weather Tyres will no longer provide optimum grip on warm dry roads
Don’t be fooled by the name
Summer Tyres are not just for driving on hot sunny days. While Summer Tyres provide exceptional performance in dry conditions, they also provide excellent grip on wet roads.
So even when the unpredictable British summer brings cloud and rain, Summer Tyres will offer the best performance at this time of year.