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Should You Buy Summer Tires?

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If you live in a colder area, you may have considered buying tires specially made for snowy, icy roads, or you may have chosen all-season tires. You may not have realized tire manufacturers also design tires especially for summer driving. Actually, there are numerous categories and styles of these tires that are meant to help your vehicle run more smoothly during the warmer months. You need to consider whether buying a set of these tires will actually benefit you or if all season tires are your best choice.

Summer Tires

Over the years, people have begun to confuse all-season tires with summer tires. As experts point out, all season tires do work all year long, but their tread is actually a compromise. Summer tires or "regular" tires, on the other hand, are good for all seasons except winter. They have tread that works especially well on damp or wet roadways, conditions you will frequently encounter in the warmer months.

Using summer tires does require that you invest in snow tires for the winter months if you live in a cold climate. Snow tires have the specialized tread that helps you maintain control of your vehicle when driving in snow or ice. Here in Canada, they are are highly recommended unless you live on the South Western coast or other more temperate area. If you live in a warmer climate, you should be able to use only summer tires all year long.

All Season Tires

All season tires can be used throughout the year, but they are not the best choice for each individual season. They give you adequate tread for winter and will work in rainy conditions, but snow tires will work better in snow and ice. Likewise, summer tires will work better on wet pavement. If you live in an area which does not have extreme winters, an all-season tire may be a good choice. For areas on the eastern coast and the northern regions, however, a combination of snow tires and summer tires will be most effective.

Whether you need one or two sets of tires depends on the climate where you live and your personal preference. If severe weather conditions concern you when you are driving, you should opt for two sets of tires: summer and snow. Otherwise, all-weather tires should work for you. Consult with your automotive specialist for auto parts from Rocky Automotive Distributors Ltd or a similar location.