Written by Rachel Grier on June 19, 2018
All-season and summer tires are markedly different. Obviously, one is designed for one season while the other is designed for all seasons. Choosing between the two depends on your vehicle, preferences and weather conditions. Although summer tires may work best in the summer, it may be inconvenient and less cost-effective to switch tires every season. However, both tire types have strengths and weaknesses. Below is a comparison of the two.
Facts About Summer Tires
Summer tires are agile and built to handle high speeds, high heat and extreme dryness or wetness. Thus, perfect for the heat, dryness and wetness of the summer weather. They’re also perfect for high performance vehicles. Specialized rubber compounds and tread patterns give them advanced braking abilities, cornering and responsiveness. Less grooving on the tread patterns also give them more grip, traction and contact with the road. The tread of these tires is shallower, offering more flexibility and stability than others. Summer tires offer many benefits, but they don’t perform well in the winter. So, you will need to switch to winter tires between the seasons.
Facts About All-Season Tires
All-season tires are all about balance. They provide an average performance in all weather conditions but aren’t exceptional in any area. For example, while they perform well in the summer, they have less grip than summer tires. This can decrease a vehicle’s cornering, steering and braking abilities. On the other hand, all-season tires can perform well in the winter, but they’re less capable of handling snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures. All-season tires’ balanced performance makes them the most suitable for moderate weather conditions or climates. However, they’re more versatile than summer tires and have a longer tread life. Versatility and the ability to handle many speed ratings and load capacities make them suitable for most vehicle types, including trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.
How to Choose the Right Tire
There’s no secret to choosing between all-season and winter tires. The tires you choose this summer and every other season will depend on what you drive, how you drive and where you drive. For Canada’s summers, summer or all-season tires are suitable, but you should always consider switching to snow tires in the winter. No matter which tires you choose, purchase them from one of the best Edmonton tire shops, Computerized Auto Pro. Come and see our huge selection of tires – just 10% over cost!