Winter tyres are absolutely necessary for driving safely during the winter, if you have sub-zero temperatures. When you also have ice, snow or slush, your summer tyres don’t stand much of a chance to keep you safe on the road. This is why winter tyres are so important and it is very important that you make sure that they are mounted before the cold winter weather arrives. This is very important if you are dependent on your car for everyday use. You will otherwise have to leave your car behind if you still have summer tyres mounted when winter conditions arrive unexpectedly before you change.
Trying to drive with summer tyres on your car in winter conditions, regardless of how short of a drive you plan to do, is associated with great danger. That is why you shouldn’t attempt it and why you should make sure that you change the tyres early enough so that you don’t put yourself in that situation. Weather can be quite unpredictable, so it is sometimes difficult to know just how early the winter weather will arrive. From October the risk at least increases and you should almost surely change before November even if the winter hasn’t arrived, but you know it will not be far away once you enter into November.
If you have studded tyres, then you might have date restrictions of the earliest date that you can change to studded tyres, while with non-studded tyres there are not any restrictions for how early you can mount them. So you might as well mount them on a certain date and not risk anything or jeopardize your safety. Winter tyres have been designed for tackling the challenging weather such as snow, ice and slush. You need to have the special treads that have been designed to handle those conditions.
Both non-studded and studded tyres are great at handling winter conditions in a safe and reliable way to give your car the control and grip that you need for safe driving. Their tread is optimized for cold weather and the winter conditions to provide you with the safest alternative for the winter season. When the winter has passed, then it is time to change back to summer tyres. Don’t change back too early but also not too late as the tyre wear will be higher if you drive with winter tyres longer than necessary.