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Summer Tires Vs. All-Seasons: 3 Reasons To Invest In Performance Tires

Though ideal for high-performance vehicles, summer tires are also a great option for daily drivers. Today’s post highlights 3 reasons to consider summer tires for your vehicle.

Read on to learn more, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to start a personalized summer tire consultation straight away.

1. Summer Tires Provide Unparalleled Performance

Whether you’re looking for better track times or you just want to make your morning commute a little more enjoyable, summer tires are a natural choice.

All-season tires are a great option for drivers who want decent driving performance and storage/maintenance savings, but as the jack-of-all-trades option, they simply cannot compete with summer tires in terms of warm-weather handling, braking, and cornering capabilities.

What’s more, while it may come as a shock to some readers, some summer tires, like the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position, actually outperform all-seasons in wet driving conditions, thanks to their special tread patterns that evacuate water and resist hydroplaning.

2. Summer Tires Provide Superior Fuel Efficiency

Unless you’re looking at sticky, high-performance track tires, you can safely assume that any summer tire will outperform all-season options in terms of fuel economy.

Why? Because summer tires create less friction and rolling resistance, which means your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to propel your vehicle forward, compared to grippier all-season tires.

In fact, according to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), modern improvements in summer tire tread patterns, rubber compound formulations, and constructions can lower rolling resistance by 10-20%, which can earn you a 2-4% improvement in fuel economy without any extra effort.

If you’re spending $2600 annually on fuel, like the average Canadian household, you’ll be saving more than $100 every year, simply by making the switch to summer tires!

Among their top picks for fuel-efficient summer tires, TRAC says the Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 and Continental CrossContact UHP summer tire lead the pack, and you can find them both at your local TIRECRAFT!

3. Summer Tires Last Surprisingly Long

Much is often made of the fact that summer tires are designed with shallower tread depth and less rubber overall, which seemingly makes them more susceptible to wear. For longevity, summer tires don’t compete, as some all-seasons can last as long as 100,000km. With proper care and maintenance, most summer tires stay in service for 40,000-60,000km, but have optimal driving performance.

This may seem like a big difference, but remember all-season tires stay in service year-round, whereas summer tires get to take the winter off. That means all-season tires tend to hit mileage caps much sooner. What’s more, summer tires are often easier to maintain because they are neither exposed to road salt, nor are they used as often in emergency maneuvers.

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