The Risks of Driving Your Winter Tires in Summer

What happens when you drive on winter tires in summer?

  • Winter tires are designed work best in the cold and are less effective at dissipating heat, so the risks of overinflating and blowouts are much higher.
  • The rubber compound is much more flexible, which affects how your vehicle handles and feels on the road, especially when you make sudden turns, which often results in a loss of control.
  • Since the rubber compound is softer, the tread changes shape more. This creates more rolling resistance and uses more gas.
  • When you drive on winter tires in summer, you reduce their lifespan by close to 60 per cent, as opposed to if they were only used in winter conditions.
  • Tire technology has come a long way, but winter tires are still much noisier than summer or all‑season tires.

What you absolutely need to know for your safety:

  • Driving on winter tires in summer increases the braking distance by at least 10 per cent on dry pavement and 26 per cent on wet pavement!

    WARNING!

  • Driving 70 km/h on wet pavement increases the braking distance by up to 42 per cent!*
  • Driving 90 km/h on dry pavement increases the braking distance by up to 19.3 per cent!*

Contact your local Point S dealer to get your tires changed. Click here to find the Point S dealer nearest you.

The risks of driving your winter tires in summer*Study on the Effectiveness of Winter Tires in Summer by CAA.

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