When to Switch to Spring or Summer Tires After Winters?

A technician swapping tire of a carChanging seasons means you need to pay a little extra attention to your vehicles, and it also means swapping back your winter tires to spring or summer tires. Unfortunately, using the same tires throughout the year is impossible for various safety reasons. For winter, we need more traction and better grip to easily get through the slippery, sloppy and icy road surfaces. But in summer, we need tires that can withstand heat and are flexible to adapt to the warmer summer months. Like winter, spring and summer have their own challenges, and you must plan ahead to get through them easily and safely. Hence, switching to seasonal tires is the ideal way to remain safe, as well as, to meet the changing road conditions confidently. But many drivers wonder what is the best time to switch back to their spring or summer tires. If you’re also in the same dilemma, here’s what you need to know about switching to all-season or summer tires after cold winter months. 

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Keep An Eye On the Temperature 

Before switching back to your spring or summer tires, closely monitor the temperature for at least two weeks. If the temperature hovers around 7°C or above, it’s your cue to switch your tires. Many drivers keep driving on their winter tires, which you should avoid because winter tires will become soft and lose traction as the temperature gets warmer. 

Go for Spring Tires 

The time between late winter and early spring is quite tricky for car owners because of the last few snowfalls and freezing rains during the evening or night and warmer temperatures in the noon. During this time, spring tires should be your friends because they’re fully capable of handling that light, overnight dust of snow, as well as the warmer days, while offering you the required traction. 

Why Should You Swap To Summer Tires After Winter?

Summer tires have lesser and shallower grooves than winter tires, providing better traction on heated surfaces. They also feature reinforced sidewalls that significantly add to their performance life. Summer tires also improve cornering and braking capabilities by ensuring better contact with the road surfaces. Moreover, these tires promise a smoother and quieter driving experience than rugged winter tires. 

If you need help with tire rotation in any season, you can get in touch with the experienced technicians at Davis Chevrolet Buick Ltd., who follow the industry’s best practices to take care of your vehicles.