Have you changed to summer tires yet?

    Spring is in full swing and replacement time will arrive in the spring. If the tires in storage are in good condition and the tread pattern is adequate, there is usually no problem. If the tires are fully assembled wheels, the driver can replace the wheels himself. If not, or if he only has the tires themselves, any garage or tire store will reinstall them for a few hundred dollars and, in many cases, conveniently store them until the next season. That way, the driver has nothing to worry about.


    It will hole the family budget

    A worse, often unpleasant situation occurs when the summer tires in storage are found to be worn out. Tire prices are quite high in our country. For Czech drivers, buying new tires is a major drain on the family budget. Therefore, it is not surprising that Czechs often delay buying new tires. Moreover, they may face financial problems when they realize that even their winter tires are past their expiration date and will no longer be available for the next season
    Some drivers deal with this unpleasant problem by deciding not to buy summer tires right away, or not to switch to summer tires right away if circumstances allow. They continue to drive on winter tires throughout the summer and do not buy new tires until the next season.


    This is primarily a safety issue

    . Legally, a 1.6 mm tread depth is sufficient for summer tires, whereas winter tires must have a 4 mm tread depth. You might think, then, that it would be a waste to throw away winter tires. The problem arises from a safety standpoint!

    Worn winter tires have significantly worse handling characteristics than new tires. Tires with minimal tread depth cannot withstand wet roads due to the loss of contact with the road surface and, very importantly, braking distances are longer on wet roads. Winter tires also have different properties due to their different compounds. Therefore, it is important to remember that winter tires wear more rapidly in the heat. If you drive a lot, your tires may not last through the summer season.


    According to expert recommendations, it is safe and desirable to retread tires in the summer when the remaining tread depth is 3 mm. Even at this depth, braking distance is increased on wet roads. Not only are you putting your own life at risk, but also other passengers and other road users!