Wintertime is challenging enough without adding high speed to the equation. You do not have to drive as fast as the speed limit, if the roads are snowy or icy. You should always adapt the speed to the conditions that prevail. If you have bad vision or bad weather conditions, a lower speed is certainly justified.
With higher speed you will require a much longer braking distance to get your car to a halt. This requires that you keep a much longer distance to the cars in front of you. Also the risk for slushplaning increases if you have wet and slushy conditions. This is a similar phenomenon as aquaplaning on wet roads. With wet and slushy conditions, a speed reduction is really warranted.
New and good quality winter tires will help to ensure that you are safe while driving during winter conditions, regardless of what type of weather you will face. They will contribute to reducing the braking distance and prevent slushplaning. However, even with the best set of tyres, as they wear out the risk increases. This is why you should always check your tread depth and change tyres as soon as you go below 4mm groove depth.
Both studded or non-studded tyresare the best at keeping you safe while driving during winter weather. The studded tyres will perform a bit better on ice, due to the metal spikes that are able to dig into the ice and create great traction. Non-studded tyres utilize unique design in the tread that will also be able to grip the ice and perform just as well on snow.
The quality of the tyres can have a significant impact of the performance of the tyres. A high quality tyre will be of high quality due to the research and development of the tyre’s technology. The ability to rigorously test the tyres in harsh winter conditions is really important for the development and for the continuous improvement of tyres regardless if they are studded or non-studded. So when you buy high quality tyres, you will be in safer hands, when you drive during these challenging conditions.