Weather has a profound impact on the driving safety of our cars. Most of this has to do on our selection of our tyres. Tyres have a bigger impact on safety than most people realize. If you don’t choose your tyres carefully according to the weather you might be in trouble. Tyres are designed for a specific temperature range due to the nature of the rubber. With special additives you make the tyre have the correct softness to give you the best performance when it comes to grip and wear.
This is why it is very detrimental to drive with a winter tyre during summer conditions, as the wear will be unnecessarily high due to the winter tyre being soft. The same way you can’t drive with a summer tyre during winter conditions, as you would not basically have any grip, as the tyre would be too hard to comply with the surface. For summers you also need to take the rain into account, where you will need tyres that are good at preventing or reducing the probability for aquaplaning. The right tyre for the right conditions is what is important. It is not only the weather that is important to acknowledge in your tyre selection, but also the quality of the tyre.
The high quality tyres will use a lot of innovations in the tread design to improve the ability to remove water from the road surface. By removing enough water the tyre will remain in contact with the road and not lose contact. Aquaplaning happens when you lose contact and instead glide on the water. You don’t have any steering capabilities once you start gliding on top of water. This is why this condition is so dangerous and is a big cause of the accidents that happen summer time when you have a thunderstorm.
In some areas the best tyre for your vehicle is an all-weather tyre, which is then designed as a compromise to span over a larger temperature range. They will have the right softness both in winter and in summer and is ideal for those who don’t want to have the hassle with changing tyres and also for those who always want to be able to drive safely regardless of what weather condition you will face.