The Choice: Summer or All Season Tires
Summer is in full swing in the Okanagan area! You go to change over from your winter tires and notice that the tires that came on your ride are running low on tread. Are you considering replacing with a set or All Season tires that you could run all year round or a set of summer tires to get the best performance out of your ride during the warmer seasons? While some might think this is an easy decision there are many factors that come into play when deciding on which kind of tires is best for you and your vehicle.
All-Season tires are designed for a balanced drive and adequate performance.
A set of all season tires may be the go-to for people in Kelowna who want to only run one set of tires all year round. But those who have tried, know that while all-season tires give some slight traction in light snow, they suffer when there is heavy snowfall or in icy and slick conditions. In addition to very light snow traction, all-season tires offer acceptable performance on dry and wet pavement. All season tires have thicker tread depths and softer rubber compounds that are engineered to provide decent all around performance and longer tread life compared to summer tires. All season tires are available in many different types, from different brands, for use on a variety of rides, ranging from economic sedans like the Corolla and Camry, to family haulers like the Sienna and Highlander, and even to off road warriors like the 4Runner, Tacoma, or Tundra.
Summer Tires are designed for optimal performance on dry pavement.
If you have a performance vehicle like the Supra or you value pure performance and driving dynamics, then a summer tire is the choice for you. With specialized tread patterns and rubber compounds as well as less grooving, there is more rubber in contact with the road, giving the driver optimal control and stability while getting maximum grip on the road in dry conditions. While summer tires give peak performance and control in dry conditions, once the pavement is wet, summer tires lose a bit of their performance benefits.
When deciding between a summer and all-season tire, there are many considerations that you’ll have to make, but always consider your driving habits, the climate you’re going to be driving in, performance and comfort needs and finally, budget.
Kelowna Toyota is your destination for the perfect set of tires – our experienced parts department will take your driving habits into consideration to help connect you with the perfect set of tires for your lifestyle!