Do you need summer tires?

Summer Tires

I drove all summer on my winter tires and the only things that came of it were louder than normal road noise, and tread-wear. Both winter and summer tires will last you longer if you change them every season. If money is an issue, get all season.

You don't NEED summer tires. all-season tires would probably do fine for you. Winter tires will be louder on dry roads and will wear fast, so you should not drive on them year-round. Summer tires usually have a performance advantage on dry roads over winter and all-season tires, but should not be driven in more than a dusting of snow, and forget about it on ice (I discovered this when it finally snowed here in NC; my current car came with summer tires). All-season, of course, offer a balance of traction in all conditions. I drove in upstate NY winters for several years on all-season tires without much problem, so unless you frequently drive on unplowed roads with more than a couple inches of snow/ice, you can get by with all-season tires year round.

Winter tires use different compounds. When they are new they are very soft and grip well on ice and snow but as they wear down to about halfway, the compound changes to an all season compound which is harder. Once snow tires are half worn, they are about the same as regular all season tires so you might as well run them. Snow tires are only good on snow for one or two seasons.

wow now this is a question . I am from Canada . so hmm alot of snow and a few good months of hot sun . All-season tires seems of been a thing to have for many years here . but now its changing , people want better traction in the winter . and with a two year old all season tire , it just dont cut it any more the swipes in the tire are not as deep anymore . put it this . do you want to stay on the road and kick the snow out from under the tires or would you want them to ride on top like a snow shoe ? . During the summer you want a good rain tire to hmmm , almost do the same thing with the water . The biggest money maker from the tire company's is miss leading the people thinking that a n all season tire can do the job , but as the tire wears down the the all season factor goes out the window in a 20% tread wear .wish i lived where there was no snow.

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I'm from Canada too, and agree totally with my countryman above. You DO need summer tires as they deal with rain much better than winter tires do. (And we get lots of unexpected rain in summer.) -Most sensible Canadians keep two complete sets of rims, one with summer and one set with winter tires. Most GOOD snow tires cost more than summer tires, so it's silly to waste them with dry road use. All Season tires are OK, but not as good as the two set option