There can be several reasons why one tyre is better than another tyre. It can be related to the quality of the tyre or then the fact that the tyre hasn’t been optimized for that specific use. A summer tyres will not be as good as a winter tyre in winter weather as it hasn’t been optimized to perform in those conditions. While a low quality tyre will not be as good as a high quality tyre, because they have most probably saved some material costs, to make the tyres cheaper. Part of what makes high quality tyres more costly than lower quality is that they spend a lot of money on research and development. This ensures that they can deliver a tyre that has been tested extensively in all different conditions. Their tyres are also continuously being improved so that they can continue to deliver the safest and best driving experience.
comes to winter weather, you do however need to have winter tyres
that have been approved for winter use. Even a high quality summer tyre will
not perform well in these conditions. Summer tyres are great in summer and can
deliver you the best driving experience in those conditions, however when you
go below zero degrees the rubber used will become hard. A hard tyre can’t
provide you with the grip that you need, as part of the grip comes from the
fact that a soft tyre will conform to the surface to provide you increased
friction and therefor better grip.
quality winter tyre will give you the best possible circumstances to drive
safely regardless of how harsh the winter weather you will need to drive
through. If you choose a studded tyre you will have studs that provide you with
great grip on ice and the tread design will ensure that the tyre can maneuver
through snow and slush.
tyre pressure to make sure that you have properly inflated tyres even during
the cold weather. Since the tyre pressure will decrease when the mercury falls
on the thermometer, it is worth checking when you stop for fuel. Low tyre
pressure will make your car less stable and you will loose some grip. The
increased fuel costs due to low tyre pressure makes it worth checking on a
With the vast assortment of tyres today, it might be difficult to find the right tyre to buy. The right tyre choice for you will depend on what driving conditions you will face as well as your driving habits. There are a lot of tyres out there, as SUVs will require different tyres than a normal car, and sports car will benefit from different tyres than cars carrying heavy load. Off-road versus highway driving will again require a different option. So you can clearly see that there needs to be a lot of different tyre options for you to choose from.
will just have to worry about what type of vehicle they have and if you will
experience any winter season, so that you will need winter approved tyres. The
EU tyre label has been designed so that it should be easier for consumers to
quickly assess tyres based on three requirements; wet
grip, tyre noise and fuel efficiency. These might not be the most important for
you and in that case you will need to do some more research to find out how
other tyres compare on the requirements that are important for you. In this case
you can still use the tyre label information to choose your tyre.
The items on
the tyre label will still be important for safety to ensure that you have good
wet grip and can get your vehicle to stop in a short distance to avoid an
accident. If you drive on snow or ice, you will need to find out which winter tyres
is better for you. Tyre tests and reviews will hopefully give you the most
accurate overview of this. For the tyre rolling noise, this might not seem so
important, but for driving comfort, it can still be an important factor when
doing your tyre assessment. To ensure that we don’t waste money and to reduce
the impact on the environment, the rolling resistance should be low. Low resistance
will save you money on fuel, as your vehicle will be more fuel efficient with a
low rolling resistance.
selection should be done carefully and time should be spent to assess which
tyre is best for your vehicle and your driving conditions.
Practice makes perfect as the old saying goes and there is a lot of truth in that. Driving is associated with dangers and you need to pass a driving test to be allowed to drive a vehicle. Driving different vehicle types can require different licenses, as knowing how to drive one, might not necessarily give you the right skill set to drive another. This can vary between moped, motorcycle, car and various sizes of trucks.
different terrains and weather can cause the driving to be different and
another skill set is needed. It tends to be impossible to perfectly learn in
driving school the full skill set for any given situation, so you will need to
learn and develop over time. With winter driving, which is one of the most
challenging conditions to drive in, you should prepare yourself and make sure
you practice in these conditions.
on winter surfaces such as snow and ice, it is important that you have proper winter tyres
mounted to even have a chance to drive safely. Without proper tyres on the
vehicle, even the safest one will be very unsafe. Even with good qualitytyres that have been approved for
winter conditions, some driving practice is needed and a lot to become a
perfect driver. You will need to learn how the vehicle behaves in sharp turns
and how the braking distance is affected by the surface and the speed.
If you are
driving on ice, you are better off with studded tyres that have metal studs
that will give you very good grip on ice. If you drive on mainly snow, then
both the studded and the non-studded tyres will give you good grip. The
non-studded ones use a unique tread design to achieve the grip on snow and also
on ice. If you get the chance to try both you will learn the difference of how
it is driving with them on your vehicle.
So to become
a better driver regardless of weather and terrain, always take the chance to
practice and improve. Try to practice in the conditions that you mainly drive
in, but don’t forget also to improve in the ones that you will face sometimes.
It will make you a better and safer driver.
I think everyone wants to make sure that they are always safe when they drive. Selecting a safe car tends to be the first decision in this quest. It is sad to see though that despite tyres being a key factor in the car’s safety, very limited time is spent on selecting them and some see high quality tyres as just an unnecessary cost to invest in. I do hope that this is something that will start changing.
countries have made it mandatory to e.g. use winter tyres during the winter season; this is of
course done because they are so much safer. All winter tyres are still not the
same, there are some that are safer and perform better in winter conditions. So
if you have put a lot of effort into selecting the safest car, make sure that
you put some serious effort into also finding a tyre that will provide you the highest
level of safety. A safe car with unsafe tyres is in the end of the day not a
safe car at all.
vast range of tyre options out there in the tyre shop, there will be some that
are good and some that are not. What will vary is how well the tyres can handle
various challenges. Some manufacturers spend a lot of money on research and
development to ensure that the tyres behave well in various conditions that the
tread is optimized for various challenges. You will need to be able to handle
heavy rain with the risk for aquaplaning, where the tread is designed to remove
a lot of water to allow the tyre to remain in contact with the road surface.
When you buy
it can be worth checking the EU label that has easy to read values of braking
distance, rolling noise and rolling resistance. The braking distance is great
to check from a safety perspective. A lot of accidents can be avoided if we are
able to bring the vehicle to a halt quicker. The rolling resistance is good to
ensure a high driving comfort and the rolling resistance will impact your fuel
efficiency so that a high rolling resistance will need more fuel for the same
distance. Solve the safety aspects first and then try to get a tyre that has
low rolling noise and resistance.
When you select tyres for your vehicle, you should make sure that you select tyres that are optimal for you so that they don’t end up limiting you. There are a lot of tyres to choose from and some will be better than others to suit your needs. A lot depends on where you live and your driving behavior. If you plan to drive off-road or long-distance commute on highways, you should take this into consideration. Same if you have a very fast vehicle, you will most likely want to get high-speed tyres.
If you have
real winters where you live in is another key factor, as this will impact your
tyre choice. If you have some occasional winters that are maybe not so harsh, you
can get by with an all-weather tyre. If the weather is real winter weather with
lots of snow and slush, you will be better off with a dedicated winter tyres
that will give you the best performance in wintertime. The choice of a studded
tyre or a non-studded tyre will also depend your main usage. With studded tyres
you will be somewhat limited if you travel between countries, but you will have
the best performance on icy surfaces.
non-studded tyres you will be a bit more flexible and still have a great winter
tyre for the harsh winters. The choice is not always easy and for a lot of the
older generations in winter areas, they see the studded tyres as the only real
option, but decades of advances have made the non-studded tyres an equivalent option for winter
roads. If however, you want the pest performance on ice, the studded tyre does
provide you with the best performance.
vast tyre options out there, you should be able to find the best tyre option
for you and your vehicle. Doing some research and asking experts tend to get you
quite close to your final option. It is important though to realize that tyres
are important and making the choice of tyres is an important safety decision
that should be done carefully and not just left for chance. Tyre reviews done
in car magazines might provide you with which manufacturers produce the best
tyres for the various conditions that you are looking, to ensure that you get
the best tyre for you.
Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, if it is a normal passenger car, an SUV, van or a 4×4, there are all-weather tyre options for you. They are classified into passenger cars, SUV, 4×4 or vans, so that you can select the best all weather tyres for your vehicle.
of this tyre, especially if it is approved for winter driving and has the 3PMSF
symbol, which means that it has been tested and approved for winter use, is
that you will have great flexibility whichever roads you drive on in Europe.
You will not have to be dependent on any weather forecasts anymore, as this
tyre will provide you with great performance on wet and dry and even in winter
of not having to get caught with the wrong tyre on your car for the weather
conditions that can constantly change is great. Not having to stress with
trying to maybe shift from summer to winter tyres at the same time as hundred
others are also waiting at the tyre shop, is nice. It gives you more
flexibility the same way that you can freely travel between countries without
having to worry about if you have the correct tyres on your car.
There can be
several restrictions on tyre use throughout Europe, some tyres that are not
allowed and some that have to be used. In the Nordics winter tyres are
mandatory during winter when winter temperatures prevail and e.g. studded tyres
are not allowed in Germany. With an all-weather tyre you will comply with the
use of winter tyres in the Nordics and you don’t have studs and can drive in
Germany. This gives you the perfect freedom and flexibility to travel a lot
throughout Europe throughout the year.
Still if you
live in an area with long and quite harsh winters, it is recommended that you
change to a dedicated winter tyre
that will have better properties on snow and ice. It is in these harsh
conditions that you need the utmost from your tyres and any compromises will
not do. With a non-studded winter tyre you can still travel through Germany and
any other country, but you should change to summer tyres when the summer comes,
not due to regulations but because they perform better and last longer in summer
Once winter is over it is important to change back to summer tyres. The law in the Nordics dictates that winter tyres have to be used during a specific period. It also states the period when winter tyres have to be used, but there is nothing about non-studded tyres. So in practice you could drive with them all year without breaking the law.
Winter tyres are however not very good during hot weather, a bit in the same way that summer tyres are not good for winter conditions. The tread structure is optimized for the weather conditions that are prevalent during that season.
The rubber compound that is used is optimized for the temperatures, which commonly exist during each season. So a summer tyre during winter will become too hard to give you the necessary properties and a winter tyre will become too soft.
So a timely change is important, however it is more crucial not to have summer tyres on when you have winter conditions. If you have changed back to summer tyres and you get another episode of winter weather then you should probably refrain from driving.
An SUV studded tyres is great on all winter surfaces if you have been taken care of the tyre. In order for the tyre to have excellent grip and control, you will need to make sure that you have sufficient tread depth, correct tyre pressure, that the studs are still in its place and that there is no excessive wear. Winter tyres should always be used if you have winter conditions or even if you have sub-zero temperatures, as the rubber in summer tyres will become hard and will not be able to provide you with the grip and control that you are expecting from your tyres.
tyres don’t have the mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall, then they are
not approved for winter use and you should avoid driving if you have cold
weather or snowy, icy or slushy roads. You will not have any control over your
vehicle as you will have no grip.
pressure will cause your SUV to consume more fuel when you drive and the tyre
wear will increase, so checking your tyre pressure can save you a lot of money,
both short term and long term.
It is always nice to start the summer with a new set of tyres. Changing from winter tyres to summer tyres feels like a natural point to get new tyres. Driving on dry clean summer roads is always very liberating. You know that you will have excellent grip and control. It is always easier to drive on dry summer roads than to drive on snowy and icy roads, even if you have great winter tyres.
you buy new summer
tyres, make sure that you buy a set of high quality tyres. The EU
tyre label gives you good indication on three different parameters: wet
braking, noise and rolling resistance. These are not the only three that you
should consider as you might need to also take speed rating or load rating, or
different terrain into consideration, but these are there to at least give some
easy overview when selecting tyres.
resistance indicates how easy the tyre rolls. A higher rolling resistance means
that you will need more power to make the tyre roll, which leads to higher fuel
consumption. So here you want to select a tyre that has a low rolling
resistance. This will save you fuel when you drive. The noise level indicates
how loud the tyres are when you drive. A high tyre noise might be disturbing. You
want a low noise level to improve your driving comfort. The wet grip is based
on braking distance on wet surfaces. When it comes to braking distance you
always want to ensure that you have as short braking distance, regardless of
wet or dry roads. Short braking distance can really keep you out of accidents
and save lives.
might wonder when the best time to change tyres from winter to summer tyres is.
I would always recommend it to be dependent on the weather circumstances in
your area and if you drive with studded tires or
non-studded winter tires. Studded winter tyres tend to have a strict date when
they can’t be used anymore, so that makes it easy. Non-studded tyres are more
flexible, but you don’t want to wait too long. When the streets become clear
from any snow or ice and the temperature is constantly above zero would be a
good time to change.
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.
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
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.
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.