Summer Tyres: What Are the Best Temperature Conditions?
posted on: Mar 29, 2017 on category: 911

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When the weather gets warmer, drivers who pursue a perfect grip on wet and damp pavements reasonably switch over to summer or, better say, three-season tyres. When it comes to grip, handling, and safety, summer tyres outstrip all-season ones for the simple reason: temperature. Every kind of seasonal tyre is designed to perform under certain temperature conditions, and experts from will tell why temperature plays such a big role in the use of summer tyres.

What are summer tyres for?

To meet the increased need for comfort and grip on wet roads at hot temperatures, summer tyres are made of a grippy and soft rubber compound. It perfectly holds both the dry and the damp roads, avoids hydroplaning, and offers superior steering response and great handling. This compound, however, loses its grip properties as the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius. The soft tread rubber becomes hard as rock seriously compromising traction on a slippery and cold pavement. On ice and snow, summer tyres can be completely useless. That is why winter tyres are made of an absolutely different rubber compound that remains soft at a subfreezing temperature.

Driving on summer tyres at low temperatures below zero not only compromises safety, but also wears out the tyre tread. Hard rubber is more prone to cracking than a soft one. That is why it is crucial that summer tyres are used only when the ambient temperature is above 7 degrees Celsius when they can perform as intended.

How to maintain summer tyres in the off-season?

High-performance summer tyres aren’t cheap, so if you want to fully benefit from them and prolong their life span, make sure you never use them at unsuitable temperatures. When it’s time to switch over to winter tyres (if you use them in your area), take care of your summer tyres properly to ensure their roadworthiness when you come back to them in 3 months. Clean (without the use of chemicals) and dry them well, and leave them to hibernate in a cool dry place with a good air conditioning. A garage or a basement usually suit well, but today more and more car owners who don’t want to clutter their personal space with big stuff consider tyre hotels as the storage option.


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