Living in Phoenix, Arizona with temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, investing in a good set of summer tires was pretty much mandatory. Keeping in mind that there really is only summer and December in Arizona, and in Phoenix pretty much just summer, this would not be a frivolous investment. I recently bought BMW 3 series and wanted to get the most out of the driving experience with some high quality summer tires. Maybe if I lived in Flagstaff, I would have looked into all season tires.
This summer I want to make sure that I have the best summer tires to hit the road and enjoy a comfortable and safe driving experience. From what I have read, premium summer tires can provide stable handling and logical steering, even in high speeds, providing excellent grip and enjoyable driving feel. That is exactly what I wanted when driving with my brand new BMW.
Having decided to invest in a summer tire I wanted it to be a good quality tire, so I picked the Nokian zLine summer tire. This tire provides the sporty cool performance that I was looking for. The Nokian zLine tire has a multi-layered structure made up of different types of rubber compounds with the top layer consisting of “the Nokian Intelligent UHP Silica “especially formulated to keep the feel of the road even at high speeds. The middle layer consists of a nano silica compound that makes steering more responsive. Finally, the bottom layer has a rigid rubber compound to reduce rolling resistance and heat generation which translates into lower fuel consumption and a longer lasting tire. Didn’t mean to get so technical but I did do my homework before picking these summer tires.
Whatever tire you choose to invest in, it is a good idea to do your homework on the differencies between the different types of tires. It is also important to realize that the place where you live, what road and weather conditions you will be driving on, what type of car you drive and what kind of driving you do all affect your tire choice. Keep in mind that the tire is the only point of contact between the road and your car.