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.
All weather tyres are made for the European winters and summers. They might be your best bet for tyres, as you can use them all year around. You will be ready for any type of weather and don’t have to bother with changing tyres between winter and summer. With the same set of tyres you can drive without having to worry about the road surface conditions or the weather, and you can drive safely even if it is snowy and icy.
If you don’t
plan to change, but instead continue driving with the same tyres, then you need
to ensure that they are approved for winter use, if you end up facing winter
conditions. If you don’t have winter-approved tyres and you have snowy and icy
conditions, then you should absolutely refrain from driving. It is definitely
not safe for you or other people around you. The tread on summer tyres is not
designed for creating grip on slippery surfaces and also the grooves are not
able to push away slush to prevent slushplaning.
If you use
all-weather tyres you don’t have to worry about what weather you will wake up
to. It is important to rotate the tyres for even wear between
the front and rear axles. Uneven wear can cause the car to over or under-steer
and can cause the car to slide. Rotating the tyres also ensures that with the
even wear that you can change all the four tyres at the same time when you need
to buy a new set. Changing all the tyres at the same time makes your driving
safer as you will have the same grip on all the tyres.
and stability is key in ensuring that you can drive safely and that the braking
distance will be short. The all-weather tyres will give you both the grip and
the stability both on dry summer roads as well as on icy winter roads. The
rubber compound used is designed to be soft even at low temperatures and will
not get too soft during the hot summer days. This enables you to have a good
driving experience throughout the year.
a set of all-weather tyres is an excellent tyre that can manage all the weather
conditions that you will experience during a year, giving you superior driving
It is important to check the air pressure of your tyres often. During the winter, it might be that you need to top up your tyres with air, as the pressure drops with decreasing temperatures.
pressure in the tyres will
negatively impact your fuel consumption of your vehicle due to increased
rolling resistance. It also increases the tyre wear, which means you need to
replace the tyres more often. Your car will also not perform as well as it
should, if the tyres are not having the correct tyre pressure. This is
regardless if you have summer or winter
tyres mounted on your car.
Summer tyres are designed for summer use and the rubber will become hard if used during minus degrees. Winter tyres have been designed for winter use, so the rubber will remain soft and agile despite minus degrees.
that you need to shift to winter tyres when the temperature drops. However, if
you have winter approved all weather tyres
on your car, you can keep driving. Do remember
that with all-weather tyres you should rotate the tyres every 2000km to ensure
even wear between the tyres.
If your winter season mainly includes weather where you end up driving on snow, then a non studded tyres will be a great tyre for your car. Non-studded tyres rely on unique tread design to create friction on snow and ice and can use e.g. cryo crystal technology to improve the grip on ice. This way they are almost as good as studded tyres on ice, and on snow they are just as good.
non-studded tyres can be used without too many regulations, you can change tyres
earlier, so that you can be ready for the winter when it arrives.
If you equip your car with studded tyres, then you have the best possible winter tyre when it comes to winter grip. You will have great grip on ice, snow and slush. The grooves in the tread are designed to handle slush, and the studs protruding from the tread are designed to dig into the ice to give you that superior grip so that you can easily maneuver and brake on ice.
conditions are some of the most challenging conditions that you can drive in,
so make sure that you select a high quality winter tyres. Your
safety depends on it.
As your SUV is a heavy vehicle, it is important that you have good quality winter tyres mounted to manage the challenging winter conditions. SUV winter tyres will make sure that your SUV can drive smoothly through snow, ice and slush, which would be almost impossible without winter approved tyres.
are not approved for winter use have the tendency to get very hard and are not
able to comply to the surface that you drive on, thus they are not able to
create the necessary friction and thus the grip that you need to drive safely.
So make sure that you purchase good quality tyres.