It is always nice to start the summer with a new set of tyres. Changing from winter tyres to summer tyres feels like a natural point to get new tyres. Driving on dry clean summer roads is always very liberating. You know that you will have excellent grip and control. It is always easier to drive on dry summer roads than to drive on snowy and icy roads, even if you have great winter tyres.
When you buy new summer tyres, make sure that you buy a set of high quality tyres. The EU tyre label gives you good indication on three different parameters: wet braking, noise and rolling resistance. These are not the only three that you should consider as you might need to also take speed rating or load rating, or different terrain into consideration, but these are there to at least give some easy overview when selecting tyres.
Rolling resistance indicates how easy the tyre rolls. A higher rolling resistance means that you will need more power to make the tyre roll, which leads to higher fuel consumption. So here you want to select a tyre that has a low rolling resistance. This will save you fuel when you drive. The noise level indicates how loud the tyres are when you drive. A high tyre noise might be disturbing. You want a low noise level to improve your driving comfort. The wet grip is based on braking distance on wet surfaces. When it comes to braking distance you always want to ensure that you have as short braking distance, regardless of wet or dry roads. Short braking distance can really keep you out of accidents and save lives.
You might wonder when the best time to change tyres from winter to summer tyres is. I would always recommend it to be dependent on the weather circumstances in your area and if you drive with studded tires or non-studded winter tires. Studded winter tyres tend to have a strict date when they can’t be used anymore, so that makes it easy. Non-studded tyres are more flexible, but you don’t want to wait too long. When the streets become clear from any snow or ice and the temperature is constantly above zero would be a good time to change.