Driving with the right tyre for summer will provide you better all round performance in the warmer months, delivering high grip in wet and dry conditions. At HiQ we have all you need to know about Summer tyres.
Summer tyres provide excellent performance during warmer months (above 7 degrees Celsius), delivering both excellent dry and wet traction along with precise handling.
Although many drivers in the UK often keep the same set of summer tyres on all year round, this is not something we would advise you to do. As temperatures drop below 7 degrees, the performance of summer tyres is significantly impacted and can become hazardous particularly when there is snow and ice on the ground.
Although there is no regulation on tyre fitments in the UK for winter months, it is important to recognize and consider the potential dangers of driving on summer tyres in winter.
As temperatures fall below 7 degrees, summer tyre compounds begin to stiffen resulting in reduced traction, posing not only a risk to you as the driver, but also the sustainability and condition of the tyre itself. Evidence of increased wear cause by colder conditions can include cracks and chips along the sidewall and tread block compromising overall performance and saftey.
Keep yourself safe; always consider your tyre choice!
Summer tyres usually contain a much stiffer compound versus a winter alternative and is optimised to work at temperatures in excess of 7 degrees. A stiffer compound and less aggressive tread pattern result in lower friction, improving fuel efficiency and reducing the number of trips to the petrol pump.
When swapping out summer tyres for winter ones in the colder months, you’ll need somewhere suitable to store your summer set. Many of our locations offer a tyre storage service, click here to find your nearest centre.
If you’re storing your tyres at home, you’ll need to give them a clean with a mild detergent and let them air dry before storing them. This will be a good time for you to take a look at your tyre tread closely. And don’t forget to also mark exactly which tyre is which, so you can put them back in the right position, or even rotate your tyres if they’d benefit from it.