Can you drive summer tires below 40 degrees?
The simple answer is — no you shouldn’t. Summer performance tires are simply not designed for near- or below-freezing temperatures. Here’s a quick explanation of why. Summer performance tires feature tread rubber compounds engineered to provide traction in warm to hot temperatures only.
What temperature will damage summer tires?
If you own a car with summer tires, refrain from using it at all in cold temperatures as the tires may crack. Leave it parked. Beyond cracking concerns, summer tires have diminished grip below 40º F on dry and wet roads and virtually little to no grip on snow and ice.
Can you use summer tires in cold weather?
Summer tires are not built for cold weather. The tire tread will stiffen. In addition to reducing traction, this poses a risk to the tire itself. The tire loses its elasticity and may crack.