During periods of warmer weather (Easter to October) we strongly recommend the use of summer tyres. Designed to give higher grip levels on both wet and dry roads using a special thread pattern when the air temperature is above +7°C
Summer Tyres explained
Summer tyres are made from a much softer rubber compound which provides a better grip and optimum handling when used in both dry and wet conditions in the milder weather months.
Summer tyres are designed to feature a simpler tread pattern (less grooves) to help evacuate water and reduce the risk of aquaplaning. A simpler tread pattern will optimise contact made with the road during the summer months and this will provide improved traction and control.
The benefits of switching to Summer Tyres
Better mileage and lower fuel consumption
The rolling resistance of the tyre is lower because of the compound in summer tyres. There is less elasticity on dry roads and as a result, the tyres will last longer and energy will be conserved.
Driver comfort and lower noise
Summer tyres are made of a softer rubber compound than winter tyres, resulting in fewer vibrations whilst driving, providing a smoother and quieter drive.
Improved handling and control
A softer tyre will provide optimum grip on dry surfaces so during the months of April and October the summer tyres will provide the best handling and control.
When should I switch to Summer Tyres?
The majority of manufacturers will fit summer tyres as standard to your vehicle so it is most likely that your car is already fitted with summer tyres. If however, at some point you have replaced your summer tyre with a winter tyre. We strongly recommend that you switch back to using a summer tyre when the weather is warmer and reaches average temperatures of +7°C. Using a winter tyre will no longer provide you with the best grip on warm dry roads.
At Draycott Engineering, Didcot we recommend that you replace your winter tyres with summer between the months of April and October. The average temperature during these months is much warmer and far less likely to drop below +7°C. If you continue to use winter tyres during this warmer weather period they will become less effective and less fuel efficient.