Man checking car tire — Auto Shop in Lakeside, FLWinter tires are great for the cold months of winter because they help provide better traction on snowy and icy roads. When it comes to the hot months of summer, though, it's not a good idea to drive on winter tires. You should have your winter tires replaced with all-season tires once the weather is warm. Here is why you shouldn't drive on winter tires in summer.

More Tire Wear
Winter tires aren't made to be used in hot weather, and they wear down faster once the temperature heats up.


Once the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it's time to change winter tires. The rubber in these tires is optimized for temperatures below about 40. Above this temperature, the tires become soft and wear down more quickly as they drive on hot pavement.

For this reason, alone, winter tires should be replaced with all-season tires in spring when temperatures are regularly above 40 and the risk of snow disappears. Even if the increased wear isn't noticeable in summer, you may notice it come winter.

After going all summer, winter tires will be much more worn down than they were before the summer started. Depending on how much you drive over the summer, they might not even be fit for another winter of driving because the tread may be too low.

Lower Fuel Mileage
Winter tires aren't as fuel-efficient as all-season tires. Even in winter, a car with winter tires won't get the same fuel mileage as it would if it was equipped with all-season tires. Winter tires' treads are designed for traction in snow and ice rather than efficiency. The extra drag that comes in warm weather as winter tires become soft only further decreases fuel economy.

The reduction in fuel economy has a double-effect. It's rough on the environment because your vehicle needs to burn more gasoline, and it also hurts your wallet. You'll find yourself filling up at the gas pump more often if your car has winter tires on during the summer.

If you switch to all-season tires, you will be saving every time you drive. The environment will appreciate it, too.

Worse Handling
Because winter tires are softer in the summer, they negatively impact handling. When rubber is soft and squishy, it's not as responsive as when it is firm.

A car with all-season tires will handle much better than an identical car with winter tires once it's warm and there's no snow. The difference is especially noticeable on wet pavement when handling is decreased by driving conditions.

Longer Stopping Distance
Similarly, the softening of winter tires' rubber in hot temperatures also negatively affects stopping distances. When tires give, they aren't able to bring a car to a halt as fast as they can when their rubber is firm. As is the case with handling, this is particularly true on wet pavement when stopping distances are naturally increased by conditions.

The differences in handling and stopping are more than a mere performance issue. In an emergency, a car's responsiveness is of the utmost importance. Even a slight handling issue or one extra inch of stopping distance can be the difference between hitting something—or someone—and avoiding an accident.

Higher Risk of a Blowout
Finally, there is an increased risk of having a blowout if you're driving on winter tires in the summer. As they wear down and heat up, there's a higher likelihood that they fail during a drive.

If you're still driving on winter tires this summer, contact us at All American Discount Tires to get some all-season tires that are fit for hot-weather driving.