People often find changing tires a bothersome and annoying step of their driver’s experience. Some of them even fail to find the use for such a step, although it’s fairly obvious. Let’s take a look at this example situation: you have a very good car, for which you undoubtedly paid a serious amount of money. Put the wrong type of tire (a worn out tire, a summer tire in the winter, etc) and you not only lower the characteristics with which the car functions (including but not limited to traction, handling, fuel consumption) but you also pose a risk for yourself and your car, should you suddenly lose control on the road.
If you don’t want to juice the maximum performance from your car, it is good to at least consider your own safety. That being said, let’s take a look at the most common types of tires available and their target usage, although it’s quite self-explanatory most times:
Winter tires – winter tires as their name suggests are fit for winter conditions like ice, snow, slush or even rain. Their tread compound is specifically designed to be soft even in the most harsh and cold winter conditions, providing the necessary traction you need on the road. Traction on the other hand, is what makes your car easier to handle, more safe and comfortable to drive. However, winter tires are not a suitable option for the hot, summer months
Summer tires – summer tires on the other hand may not be suitable for rain and snow (and can also be risky to use in such conditions) but provide traction with the heated road, and are also engineered for a smoother ride during the summer. They hardly change their properties, even in the worst of heats.
All-season tires – they are the well known compromise between all sorts of tires, and provide you with a balanced experience for different situations. Since car manufacturers can’t know what region you live in, they most likely sold you your car with all-season tires. And while they may be fit for 3 out of 4 seasons, it’s hard to deal with winter conditions when you have all-season tires.
Changing tires isn’t expensive, nor is it that troublesome, and may save you a lot of trouble. So in order to ease your mind and relax while driving, it’s good to consider changing them every now and then.