When it comes to choosing between summer tires versus all season tires, there’s plenty to consider. But relax! It’s not as complicated as it seems.
“Depending on what kind of driving you do, what kind of vehicle you drive, and what type of environment you’re driving in, there’s definitely one type of tire that suits your needs the best,” said Darrin Bossence, vice president of sales at Dynamic Corporation, which represents Sailun Tires, during a recent appearance on Dave’s Corner Garage. “Once you understand all these differences, you can choose the tire that’s right for you.”
So, let’s take a closer look at each type of tire. Summer tires are often called “performance” tires. Traditionally, these were used by car enthusiasts who wanted a high performance tire to fit their high performance vehicle. But these days, summer tires are usually purchased by any driver who simply wants to get more out of their driving during the summer. Designed and built for speed and agility, drivers appreciate their increased responsiveness, cornering and braking abilities.
Summer tires, like Sailun’s Atrezzo R01, have a special tread pattern and rubber compound that maximizes traction, handling and braking performance. Drivers enjoy the maximum road-holding grip. Other features, such as width, aspect ratio and rim diameter, and speed capability, make summer tires perform better in wet and dry conditions on high performance, sports oriented vehicles. In short, they provide the best possible handling on warm, dry surfaces but can also handle the wet roads that are inevitable during Canada’s summer season.
Now, let’s look at all season tires. Your vehicle probably came equipped with a set of all season tires from the manufacturer. They provide a balance of features, and you’ll enjoy reasonably good performance in wet and dry conditions. These are meant for the average driver, as they are engineered with moderate tread depth and rubber compounds to provide longer tread life than summer tires.
You’ll find that all season tires are offered in a variety of types and models, sizes, load capacities as well as speed ratings. They can fit a range of vehicles from economy cars, sedans, mini-vans and pick-up trucks. Drivers will appreciate their comfort, handling, and value.
Then there’s Sailun’s Z4+AS, an ultra-high performance all season tire, which is designed for uncompromising performance under all weather conditions. It’s engineered for high-speed performance, cornering and braking to let you get more out of your car.
It’s also worth considering that all season tires can provide traction in cold weather, but can they handle Canadian winters? If you’re driving in severe winter conditions, you’ll probably want to switch to a good pair of winter tires once the mercury dips.
So which tire is right for you? Now that you know the difference between summer tires and all season tires, it’s up to you. Think about what kind of driving you do, your vehicle, and your environment. Soon you’ll be on the road, and enjoying your new tires!