When change your winter or summer tires?

Changing tires on right is a crucial aspect of being safe on the roads when you least expect, check out when and why you should keep an eye on seasonal tires.

When to switch?

Winter tires


Generally speaking tire manufactures recommend switching to winter type whenever the temperature drops below 46°F/8°C.
Winter tires are softer than summer ones in lower temperatures, however they will also expand quicker on black warm roads. This tire has more detailed tread pattern for better snow grip.


Summer tires


Summer types are more resistant to attrition due to applied harder rubber. Thanks to that, summer tires works best on rainy and warm roads when climate is not colder than 50°F/10°C.
Summer tires can also have fewer but larger grips for better water draining.


Why bother?

Breaking


Breaking on snow can result in 190 feet/58 meters of a difference between winter and summer tires.


Accelerating


Unless you are starting from 2nd gear, you will be lucky to move your car after 5 seconds and do not even think about up hills in summer tires on snow. Winter tires should easily start moving straight away. If you ever get stuck, try manipulating gas pedal by moving up and down. Do not use your gas constantly, try to swing your car first.


Steering


So you want to take a medium corner with approx 31mph/50kmh on summer tires? Guess what will happen.., you will go straight ahead without much grip. Be aware, even with winter tires and going with same speed, you will not be able to make corner with more than 50° degrees, so slow down and be careful.



Source: Auto Express, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elP_34ltdWI & www.edmunds.com

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