There seems to be a growing number of cars sporting all-weather tires in Miami. Maybe it’s the snow that fell on Jacksonville just this year, or perhaps they’re preparing for climate change? Surprisingly, those two factors have very little to do with it.
Miami is one of the hottest states — the basketball team isn’t called Heat for no reason. You’d think everyone would be using summer tires for their cars since there is no snow in the city. However, Miami drivers are opting for all-weather tires for a different reason. Armstrong Tire explains.
Summer tires get more traction. That’s great if you value performance and a bit of fuel efficiency — but the downside is they have a shorter tread life. More traction means more wear, and that same grip on the road that gives you a tighter car response also means your tires get a shorter lifespan.
All-weather tires don’t give you as much grip so your car’s handling won’t seem quite as sharp. But if you’re just an everyday driver going to work, you probably don’t need that great of a performance. That bit of sacrifice in performance gives all-weather tires up to twice the lifespan of summer tires.
Fuel Efficiency and Ride Quality
Summer tires provide better fuel efficiency; however, you’ll probably burn what money you save with the constant tire replacements. Changing a full set of tires can be expensive, so the long-lasting, all-weather tires are more practical.
The softer treads of all-weather tires translate to a smoother and less jolting ride. Your acceleration won’t be as quick, your cornering won’t be as sharp, and your brake won’t be as sudden. But you and your passengers get a smoother and quieter ride.
If you’re not into racing or getting every drop of performance from your car — or if you’re just an everyday driver going about your business — all-weather tires can be the best option for your vehicle.