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Why Driving Winter Tires in Summer Is A Bad Idea

Posted Jun 8th, 2020 in Auto Insurance, Did You Know?, General, In the News, Insurance Tips, Media

Believe it or not, a surprisingly high number of people don’t realize you can’t drive winter tires in the summer. We’ve explained why you need to avoid doing this!

Why Driving Winter Tires in Summer Is A Bad Idea, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

To clarify, technically you can drive with your winter tires in summer, your car will still drive. But, there’s a laundry list of reasons why it’s a terrible idea. We are going to explain the main reasons you shouldn’t.

If you’re wondering when the best time to change your winter tires is, make sure you read this.

2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Winter Tires in Summer

The Rubber

Winter tires are made with more rubber and include special rubber compounds that make the tire softer and help keep it soft in the cold winter weather. Due to this, exposing them to the summer heat will make them wear much quicker, meaning you’ll need to replace them much more frequently.  Not to mention, it can put you at risk for experiencing a tire blowout.  

The Treads 

Did you know that every tire has a different tread pattern? It’s true!

Tread patterns are designed for specific conditions. Winter tires have much deeper treads to help you maintain contact with the road when there are snow and ice, whereas, other tires have more shallow treads designed to give a smoother ride in summer conditions. Bottom line, if you drive your winter tires in the summer heat your treads will become worn, damaged and you will lose any benefit of the deeper tread when it’s winter again.

It may seem like an easy way to save money, but in the long run, there is no substitute for changing your tires seasonally. This not only keeps you safe on the road, but it keeps others safe too. Contact your Youngs Insurance Broker today to learn about winter tire discounts available.

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