What is the Best Time to Switch Back to All-Season or Summer Tires After Winter?
Changing seasons come with many responsibilities for car owners, as it’s that time of the year when they need to pay extra attention to their vehicles. From the powertrain system to a car battery, every component runs differently in distinct seasons. For winter, we need more traction and stability to drive safely on slippery, snowy and icy roads, so we need to switch to snow tires. But, unfortunately, you can’t use the same tires in the spring or summer, which requires you to switch back to your all-season or summer tires. Summer or all-season tires withstand heat and are designed to adapt according to warmer road surfaces. Moreover, good-quality summer tires can efficiently endure speeds of more than 80 km/h and promise smoother performance on different terrains. Hence, switching back to all-season or summer tires helps you prepare for the warmer days ahead. Follow along to learn what’s the perfect time to change your tires for the spring or summer season from the experienced technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC.
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What’s the Perfect Time for Tire Rotation?
First things first, keep a close eye on the weather. Monitor the temperature daily until it hovers around 7°C or above. If the temperature remains above this level for at least a week, this is your cue to swap to your all-season or summer tires. You can also switch to spring tires, which are great at handling light snow and slightly warmer after-winter days. If your vehicle comes with a modern-age all-wheel drivetrain system, in that case, you can directly replace the winter tires with summer ones, eliminating the need for spring tires. Because the built-in traction system will provide stability over the freezing rains and moderately slippery road surfaces during the early spring season.
Why Do You Need Summer Tires?
Compared to winter tires, summer tires have fewer and shallower grooves that improve traction on heated road surfaces. They also have reinforced sidewalls, mainly adding to their long performance life. Summer tires also deliver smoother and quieter performance on rugged surfaces than winter tires. Moreover, they offer improved braking capabilities and cornering to ensure a better contact with the road surface.
Need help with a tire swap or rotation? Get help from the expert technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC’s Service Centre. You can schedule a service appointment by visiting our website or dealership at 410 South Service Rd West, Oakville, ON.