Winter tyres in summer

Swapping tyres every six months or so can be costly but, in many countries, it’s compulsory. So why do it? Why not drive on winter tyres in summer or summer tyres in winter?

The simple fact is that their designs and compound are completely different and, as much as winter tyres are unsuitable in warmer weather, summer tyres can compromise safety in very low temperatures.

Winter tyres used in summer

  • Winter tyres underperform in temperatures greater than 7 degrees C.
  • They are less economical.
  • They are less efficient.
  • Their stopping distances are greater than summer tyres in warmer weather.
Uniroyal. A brand of Continental.

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