For years we have heard customers state that they don’t want summer tires because of all the rain we get on the west coast. This couldn’t be more misunderstood. The modern Summer Performance tire offers enhanced wet and dry traction during spring, summer and early fall. The compounds and tread design are optimized to provide the greatest grip and abuse from the car and driver with temperatures starting above seven degrees Celsius.
The bad reputation of a Summer tire often starts in late fall when the tire starts to drop off in wet performance. The Summer tire takes longer in late fall and winter to warm up to operating temperature often generating complaints of early morning vibration and lack of grip off the line in wet conditions. This is the time to move to a Performance Winter tire.
Having two sets of tires is the ultimate in performance and safety. Optimizing the conditions for each with no compromise. This will add a little more initial investment but will allow both sets of tires to be worn out in the proper conditions. You would not want to go into winter with a fifty percent all-season but a snow tire at the same level would still offer some traction and safety.
I would recommend the new Falken 452, Bridgestone 760 and Hankook V12 from customer feedback over the past year as a good starting point. Once a customer has had a taste of a pure Performance Summer tire rarely do they move back to an all-season or as I like to call them a three-season tire.