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How to choose the best summer tires for your vehicle


Here's the PMCtire handy guide to help you select the right summer tires for your car based on your needs and budget.

Weather conditions change throughout the year in Canada. That's why it's important to have the right tires for each season to ensure safe driving. The summer season means hot, dry roads. In these conditions, summer tires offer the best control and efficiency.

If you are looking for summer tires for your vehicle, this PMCtire summer tire buying guide will provide you with in-depth knowledge so you can choose the best tire to meet your needs.

Summer tires are the opposite of winter tires, they are designed specifically for use in warmer conditions. Summer tires are created to provide high levels of grip, traction, and performance in good weather. If you have a sportier model of vehicle, using a set of summer tires during the warmer months will improve steering precision, steering response, overall performance, and driving pleasure.

Summer tires can have a shallower tread depth, which allows for greater stability when pushed to their limits.

Summer tires are especially important for sports cars and other high-performance vehicles. These types of vehicles require UHP tires for safe driving. Therefore, when these vehicles are equipped with summer tires, they rely on the performance and durability of the tires.

Keep in mind that under certain road conditions, summer tires can wear out faster than all-season tires, which is a trade-off for better traction.

You can find a wide selection of summer tires on PMCtire.com, but which one to choose?

Let's start with the tread. Summer tires have a specialized tread design that allows for maximum contact with the road to improve traction and handling. Fewer grooves and shallow tread depth are the first signs of a good summer tire. Different tread patterns and designs incorporate specific features for optimal performance in varying weather conditions.

Directional Tread

Directional tires are designed to run in one direction only and often have side grooves that run toward the center of the tire, forming a V-shape. This type of tread effectively drains rainwater. These treads also help prevent hydroplaning on wet roads. Not to mention that it helps dissipate heat, providing superb performance in the dry.

Symmetrical tread

Symmetrical treads are very common and feature continuous tread blocks across the entire surface that form a wavy pattern. They wear evenly and provide a smooth, quiet ride. The tires can be mounted on both sides, as the tread is the same over the entire tire surface. This is an excellent choice for those looking for an economical and durable tire.

Asymmetrical Tread

Asymmetrical treads offer both wet and dry performance. They feature "inside" and "outside" markings on the sidewall for proper mounting. Asymmetrical tires offer strong cornering grip and better heat dissipation. The large sidewall grooves (side to side) on the outer sidewall provide strong hydroplaning resistance and perform well in the heavy rain and slush conditions that can be encountered in Canada.

They perform in the rain

Choosing a good summer tire that offers increased traction and performance for wet driving is very important if you live in a Canadian province with a lot of rain. Summer tires are able to provide better traction, and therefore safety, on wet roads than all-season tires.

Summer tires that provide good wet traction have an advanced tread design that allows water to escape and prevent hydroplaning. The result is better traction, handling and braking when driving on wet roads or in the rain.


Summer tires have a special tread pattern that improves handling and traction on the road. The shallow tread of summer tires allows for a greater surface area of contact with the road to increase grip and improve vehicle stability at high speeds.

In conclusion, summer tires maintain their grip as temperatures rise and roads become dry and hot. They resist heat in hot conditions and maintain optimum grip, improving stopping distance and avoiding a collision.