Summer tires are called performance tires because of the extreme purpose that they serve. They are named that, for a good reason. Performance tires were designed specifically to give quality wet and dry traction, and accurate directional control. They're meant to be utilized all season long, or during mild weather regions that don't have a real cold winter. They're basically made for off road types of vehicles that are utilized in summer months.
There are many characteristics of summer tires that make them ideal for off road driving. First, they are designed to have deeper grooves for traction. As a result of having deep grooves, the tread is more flexible and less slippery than that of standard treads. These shallower grooves also allow the tire to be more stable which means you can anticipate less slippage on occasion.
The second feature of summer tires is that they're typically composed of rubber compounds that are more advanced than those found on standard treads. This advanced rubber compound provides the added stability that is necessary when you are driving in the snow or in other areas with a greater amount of moisture. The advanced rubber compound also prevents the tire from drying out quickly when it does rain. Driving in wet weather still requires some degree of traction so having a product with both qualities is very beneficial.
Summer performance tires tend to use a tread pattern called Step One. This pattern features one tread block on the outside edge of the tire. You'll typically see Step One on high performance tires because it allows for better traction. In addition to offering improved traction, Step One offers higher levels of bite for maximum bite-free steering.
Step Two treads are located on the inside edge of the tire. Some people prefer to use a wider tread pattern when driving in dry conditions. When driving in wet conditions, however, wide treads are preferred. The purpose behind this is to ensure that you are able to grip the road. When you are driving in dry conditions, your ability to grip the road is dependent on your ability to control your vehicle. With high-performance summer tires, you will have better control because of the rubber compound providing a greater amount of gripping surface area.
As previously mentioned, all-season tires offer increased traction in wet and dry conditions. If you drive your car in mostly all-season conditions then you probably won't need to replace your all-season tires. However, if you drive your car in primarily dry conditions then you may want to consider replacing them. The reason for this is because a large number of water-absorbing compounds have been developed for all-season treads. Unfortunately, not all drivers are comfortable driving in all-season tires, even in very cold temperatures.
In order to determine if you should change your all-season tires for winter tires or if you should stick with winter tires, try driving in moderate temperatures for five minutes and then do an abrupt stop. Take note of the amount of traction that the tires provide. If you notice that traction is immediately lost, you will need to replace them. Also, try to compare the difference between normal driving and being stuck in snow or ice. If you notice that stopping suddenly results in loss of traction, then you will most likely want to stick with winter tires rather than trying to drive in winter conditions.
Driving in warmer temperatures means that you will encounter more road accidents, but you can avoid serious injury or death by choosing the right driving conditions for your vehicle. Driving in warmer temperatures ensures that your all-season tires perform better, meaning that you will experience better traction and better handling. In addition, driving in warmer temperatures ensures that your vehicle performs better and that you will save money on fuel and maintenance costs.