Back on 30 March this year, under a previous thread “Tyres”, I wrote about the tyres fitted to my car - specifically the Falken Azensis FK453 215/50R 18 92W and the fact that it was a summer tyre. I stated at that time (amongst other things) that “it compromises safety to drive on summer tyres in winter”.
With that in mind, and having just experienced our first frost, I decided to look up the subject further...
Apparently VW are fitting summer tyres to all T-Rocs in the UK whether they be Falken, Continental, Bridgestone, or Michelin - mainly because of our “milder climate” compared to mainland Europe.
Evidently all summer tyres underperform in temperatures lower than 7 degC and it’s recommended not to drive on them below 5 degC. (In the event of an accident in winter could this be used against you? Just a thought.)
Summer tyres have less natural rubber compound than winter tyres - so they’re not as soft. This firmness helps the tyre to grip wet and dry roads in milder temperatures. However, when temperatures fall below +7 degC, this extra rigidity can cause problems. The colder it gets the stiffer the summer tyres become which leads to cracking..
Summer tyres are less efficient on snow, and braking distances are much longer in colder weather even on dry roads.
I’m not sure about other T-Roc owners here on the Forum but I can’t afford to have two sets of tyres/wheels and the subsequent storage problems of having the two. My only recourse is to maintain the slightly lower “comfort” air pressure in my tyres, allow for longer stopping distances in cold weather, and drive a little more cautiously.
I think this subject requires further consideration...?
T-Roc, SEL, 1.5 TSI Eco, DSG, Indium Grey Metallic,
Winter Pack, Electric Tailgate.