Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires

By: Discount Tire

summer tires and all season tires


The summer heat is on, and you might be on the lookout for some new tires. If you drive even a somewhat-sporty vehicle, you might be researching whether summer tires and all-season tires are the right fit for you and how you drive.

But what’s the difference between summer tires and all-season tires?

You want to make sure you have the right type for your vehicle depending on the type of vehicle, weather conditions and more.

But many drivers confuse the two or can’t distinguish their true characteristics. The main difference is in their respective tread depths and tread pattern, but there are also elements of rubber composition that make each a great choice depending on what you’re looking for.

At any rate, the greatest and most noticeable difference is in the performance you’ll feel when you’re behind the wheel. 

Summer tires

Typically, people think summer tires are suited only for dry weather and extreme heat. However, summer tires can not only hold their own but perform extremely well in wet conditions.

Summer tires generally have a wider contact patch and more circumferential grooves that help with hydroplaning resistance. These are perfect for those long summer drives with some occasional rain along the way.

However, it is important to note that summer tires usually don’t last as long as all-season tires and should not be used in any winter conditions like ice, sleet and heavy snow or in temperatures below 45-degrees.

If you’re focused on performance, a set of summer tires might be just right for you.

Check out our summer tire selection.

All-season tires

All-season tires are designed to perform well year-round, including on light snow.

Blending the characteristics of summer and winter tires, all-season tires are literally designed for “all seasons” and are engineered with rubber compounds that have deeper grooves and more void area, in order to maintain grip in freezing temperatures.

While installing these might get you through anything, for the most part, they definitely aren’t the right choice if you live in an area with heavy and constant snow or ice.

But if comfort, longevity, and capability are at the top of your list, a set of all-season tires are the way to go.

Check out our all-season tires.

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