The snow’s gone, the sun’s shining, but your Ford still has its winter tires on. While it may not seem like a big deal (they might all just seem like tires, after all), but switching to summer tires is an important transition to make. At Zender Ford, we want the best for you and your vehicle, so follow along and get acquainted with why summer tires are a necessity.
Winter tires are made to be flexible and adapt to the changing composition of snow. During summer conditions, the presence of these treads increases your braking time. Winter tires’ need for superior traction requires as much as 3 times as many treads as compared to a summer tire, and hot pavement can make them incredibly unstable. That’s why summer tires are designed with fewer treads and rubber that can withstand the heat of the hot ground underneath (we’ll touch more on that later).
Summer tires offer improved control and handling because its minimal grooves provide more stable contact with the road. The shallow treads also allow you to get better precision and responsiveness when taking your car around corners and braking quickly. Additionally, these specialized grooves help prevent hydroplaning, the occurrence of water build up between the tire treads causing a loss of traction.
Improved Wear Resistance
Your winter tires are only designed to perform in the cold weather, not the heat. They’re meant to operate at their highest capabilities below freezing. Above 0°C they quickly start to deteriorate, causing your tire to wear away and result in greater turnover with your tires. These treads aren’t able to settle back down in the heat as they normally can in the freezing weather. Summer tires were made to not only operate in warm temperatures, but to also withstand the warm friction the tire absorbs when in contact with the asphalt.
We hope this helped inform your decision to switch over your tires for the summer. At Zender Ford our parts department can help you get your own set of summer tires. Then, all you need to do is book an appointment with our service department to get those new tires on your vehicle!