My car is leased and I am due to turn it in in October. My all weather tires need to be replaced.I have winter tires on it now and want to leave them on rather than spend money to replace the all weathers.My question is, Is there any danger of using these winter tires in summer months?
There is no danger. The main difference is that winter tires are made of a softer tread compound, which is why they get better traction in cold weather - because they stay flexible when temperatures are freezing.
The only downside to driving on them in warm weather is that they will wear out faster because of this fact. If they've got plenty of tread left they will probably last you until October. But leaving them on is not a safety risk.
〉 Answered on Jun 5th, 2008 by Denise Koeth, Managing Editor at Tire Review Magazine
Winter tires are intended to be used with snow on the ground. For this reason, you may experience a little less traction on a dry road, especially if the temperature is very high. You may also have more noise generated from the tires. Having said that, I don't think there will be great danger if you do leave the winter tires on during the summer, aside from the possible slight traction issue.
〉 Answered on Jun 5th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management