SUVs have been proven to be safer according to statistics. At least if you look at the rate of injuries after an accident, the SUVs are safer. Whether an SUV or any other vehicle will be in an accident or not depends also on other factors such as the driver’s ability to drive, the speed and the quality of the tyres. People often forget the last one, the tyres, even though they have a very big impact on the safety of any vehicle. If you equip the vehicle with bad, worn tyres, it can completely change how the vehicle performs.
In winter, an SUV needs proper SUV winter tyres
that can handle snow and ice and that have the rubber compound designed for
winter temperatures. When the tyre is designed for summer temperatures, it means
that when the temperatures go down below zero degrees Celsius, the rubber
becomes hard. Hard tyres are not able to conform and adapt to the road surface.
It is when the rubber is actually pushed into the micro-cavities of the surface
that provide a big part of the traction. When this is lost, the grip will be
drastically reduced. If you are driving on icy conditions, you can choose
studded winter tyres for your SUV. On snowy conditions both studded and
non-studded tyres perform well.
In summer you need to have proper summer tyres.
The SUV can, like any other vehicle, experience aquaplaning when driving on wet
roads. The ability to push away the water will determine whether you will
experience it or not. Good SUV summer tyres
have innovative tread patterns and design, so that they can push away water
more effectively and thus reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
For your SUV to be as safe as it can be, you
need to have good quality tyres, ensure that the tyre pressure is correct and
that the thread depth is above the minimum 4mm. I would recommend to purchase
SUV summer tyres for the summer season. They are good for driving on dry and
wet roads alike and efficient at preventing aquaplaning, keeping you safe
throughout the summer.
Summer tyres are designed for optimal performance in the summer season. Summers are characterized by warm weather; at least that is what most people associate summers with. Summer tyres are thus tyres that are designed for driving on asphalt in normal summer temperatures. They will perform well on both dry and wet roads in summer temperatures.
tyres also have a low rolling resistance,
which improves your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Low rolling resistance not only
saves money on fuel costs but it also reduces your carbon footprint by lowering
CO2 emissions. Low tread depth is something that can impact the driving safety.
It reduces grip, extends the braking distance and diminishes the ability to
push away water from the tyre’s surface.
have the correct tyre pressure and high quality summer tyres, driving on
asphalt should be super smooth and you should have a great driving experience.
The excellent grip that you will feel when driving on curvy roads and while
taking sharp corners, is also the grip that will give you short braking
distance. If you run into rainy conditions, when there is a risk of aquaplaning,
good tyres should be able to prevent it. The most advanced tyres have many
innovations that help to remove water from the tyre’s surface in an efficient
depth is essential to ensure that a high volume of water can be removed from
the surface. Failure to remove all the water will cause the tyre to float on
top of the water layer and lose contact with the road surface. Aquaplaning
should be taken seriously because it can lead to an accident if you lose the
control of your car. Reducing the speed helps to prevent aquaplaning. When
driving in the lower speed, water has more time to vanish through the grooves
of the tyres. Tyres with polished grooves are able to remove water faster due
to better flow of water away from the surface. The key is to stay safe by
having high quality summer tyres with proper tyre pressure and sufficient tread
Tyres are designed for different conditions; you have, for example, special winter tyres, summer tyres and all-weather tyres. High speed puts more centrifugal force and generates more heat build up in the tyre. If you select a tyre with too low speed rating you might risk tyre failure. When it comes to safety, you do not want to have tyre failure when you are pushing your car to the limit when it comes to speed. Tyre is what provides safety to your car and allows the car to exhibit its inherent safety aspects, but unless the tyres provide enough safety to keep the car out of accidents, your car will have to exhibit these safety aspects more often than anticipated.
bring you the necessary grip and control over your vehicle while you drive
regardless of speed. You need sufficient grip to be able to take sharp corners
and turns, to have a short braking distance, to avoid accidents and to maneuver
your vehicle. Depending on what conditions you plan to drive in, you might need
to purchase special seasonal tyres. Severe winter conditions always require
winter tyres or at least winter approved all-weather tyres.
of high quality will be able to handle the conditions that you will face while
driving during summers. Most tyres are designed for driving on normal road
surfaces and not in off-road conditions. If you plan to drive mainly off-road,
you need to purchase special off-road tyres. Summer tyres have been designed to
provide driving comfort on dry and wet roads alike and to prevent aquaplaning.
The better quality tyres that you choose, the better they will be able to avoid
this phenomena. Aquaplaning can happen in summer when you have rain or
thunderstorms and thus a lot of water on the road.
with high speeds – even though you would have the best high quality tyres with
the correct speed rating on your car – you need to ensure that you have the
correct tyre pressure. It is essential to check the tyre pressure because
driving with wrong tyre pressure at high speed can be dangerous. Low pressure
increases the heat build up and the tyre wear and can cause tyre failure at
high speeds. Too high pressure will decrease the grip and increase the braking
distance and will not be able to provide the best performance.
Some of the car accidents happen because the most important safety accessory of the car, the tyres, are not in good condition. As we all know, accidents do happen and you can wonder why they happen. There can of course be numerous reasons, like distraction, something unexpected happens or people are driving too fast. Some of these could be avoided with better tyres. Good high quality tyres enable you to stop faster and in shorter distance than with tyres that have bad tread depth or are in bad condition.
of your tyres, regardless if you use summer
tyres, winter tyres or all-weather
essential. You will need to check that they are in good condition, that they
have sufficient tread depth, which is above 4mm. Tyre pressure is also
important. If you have over inflated or under inflated tyres, they are not
performing optimally, and you will not have optimal control over your vehicle.
Since the temperature has an affect on the tyre pressure, it is important to
check it more regularly when you have big temperature shifts. Also when you
drive on a summer vacation, from e.g. Northern Europe to Southern Europe, the
big temperature difference makes it very important to check the tyre
temperature also when you have arrived to your final destination.
pressure also impacts the rolling resistance, making your tyres to wear out faster than intended.
This means that you will need to replace them sooner than expected and your
replacement cost increases. Your fuel consumption also increases as your
vehicle will consumer more petrol as you drive. So not only your safety is
impacted, but also your finances, as you end up spending extra money while
being less safe and be more likely to be in an accident.
distance will increase when driving with wrong tyre pressure, with bad tyres or
with tyres with low tread depth. This impacts your driving safety and you will
have less control and grip when you drive. This is what mainly causes
accidents, losing control over your vehicle due to aquaplaning, or when taking
curves or then having tire failures. The longer braking distance due to bad
tyres is also increasing the chance to be in an accident.
Taking the car and drive to a summer destination has always been a favorite way of travelling for many. Before it might have proven to be a substantial saving for a family, due to high flight prices, but now the tables might have shifted. The introduction of low cost airlines has reduced prices, while petrol prices are nowadays high. So if you are travelling with the whole family, you might not necessarily save, but you have a higher degree of freedom and you can stop along the way. Being able to access your luggage at any time and being able to bring whatever you want is a definite advantage for some.
For a long
summer road trip you will need to make sure that you have good quality tyres on your car. Preferably dedicated
high quality summer
tyres, as they
will perform better and will allow you to take full use of Autobahn with great feel
of the road, giving you great control and safety. You will need tyres that are
good at preventing aquaplaning, as you will probably run into a few
thunderstorms during the summer and being able to avoid aquaplaning with a car
filled with the family and luggage should always be prioritized.
of the French people will spend their vacation in France and go down to the
Riviera during August, when most French take vacation. There are some 20
million people visiting the French Riviera during August, so you might think
twice about driving there if you are not a French and have some other beautiful
options during August, or you visit the French Riviera other months than
depart on your journey, make sure to check the tyres from any visual defects,
and then check the tyre pressure. Make sure the spare tyres is in good
condition and that you have a full tyre repair kit available in case you will
need to change tyres due to a flat tyre. If you cross country lines, you will
need to check what insurances apply and what you will need to bring with you in
terms of insurance papers. It is always easier to check what applies when you
are home, so check it before you leave. If your car and tyres are in good
condition before you leave, you should be in a good shape to enjoy your
you buy new tyres, it is important to maintain them to ensure that they last
you a long time. Here are a few ways to maintain your tyres.
is importation to check the quality of your tyres on a regular basis. Check for
any visual damages and possible cuts or cracks. If you notice any problems with
your tyres, then you should visit a tyre dealer for consultation.
the depth of your tyre’s treads. You can do it by pushing a coin into the tread
and measuring how far it could be pushed in. Some tyres have wear indicators on
the tyre tread, which indicate when you get to the 4mm or indicate for each mm
of remaining tread. If your tyres go below 4mm in tread depth, it is time to
the tyres between the rear and front axles to ensure that the tyres will wear
evenly. You should rotate the tyres when the difference between the front and
the rear tyres is larger than 2-3mm. If you alternate between summer and winter tyres, then it makes sense to
rotate between each tyre change. Proper tyre marking is key when you change the
sure that the tyre pressure is according to the car owner’s manual.
Underinflated tyres will wear faster and consumer more fuel than if they were properly
inflated. Underinflation can also damage the sidewalls of the tyres.
Overinflated tyres will wear out the middle tread and have worse traction than
a properly inflated tyre.
you have winter and summer tyres, make sure that the
tyres are stored properly between the seasons. Tyres should be stored in the
dark and in cool temperature.
As the summer is almost here it is time to change your tyres from winter tyres to summer tyres. Depending on country you live in, there may be some restrictions for when you have to change the tyres at the latest. If you will change the tyres yourself, then you don’t have to book a time. If you want to get a tyre service center to do it, then you should book a time for it, so that you are sure you can get it done.
Doing a tyre
change is not so difficult, but most people don’t have the correct equipment. The
tools that come with the spare tyre are not the best tools for tyre change. If you do not
have the proper equipment, it is better
to let experts to do the change for you.
When tyre experts
do the change for you, you know that experts have changed with proper tools.
They will also check the condition of your tyres and mark them so that they can
be properly rotated upon the next change. They will wash them to get the salt
and dirt away from the tyres. In some locations they can also store the tyres
for you, so that you don’t have to carry them back and forth between the
changes. Before mounting the summer tyres, they will check the valves and
replace them if needed, check the balance of the tyres and the tyre pressure.
They will check the tread depth and mount the tyres in the correct position
based on the rotation.
If you do
the change yourself, you will need to ensure that you mark the tyres, so that next
time you know how to rotate them. Preferably you need to get the tyres correctly
inflated while mounting them. If you don’t have tools to do that, you need to drive
to the petrol station. Remember to store the tyres in a cool place away from
summer tyres are mounted, it is just to drive and enjoy the summer.
When it comes to tyres, it can be difficult to choose which one is the best for your vehicle. Each different category of tyres will have different benefits. The benefit with the winter approved all-weather tyres is that they can handle almost any type of weather conditions. Be it warm and sunny roads or icy and cold roads. If you need your car on a daily basis, with all-weather tyres you will always be ready to drive regardless of the weather.
The all weather tyres is also a good option is you travel a lot across Europe. With
all-weather tyres you won’t have any problems and there are no restrictions for
these tyres. This is what makes this
tyre a very good alternative for countries where you might not have the
harshest winters, but you still have four seasons. Or if you travel a lot to
these countries and you will need the safety of winter tyres
when you visit these countries that have winters.
It is good
to realize though that an all-weather tyre is a compromise of a summer tyre and
a winter tyre. If you want the absolutely best performance out of your car and
your tyres in summer, a dedicated summer tyre will do better than an
all-weather tyre and the same goes if you are in really harsh winter conditions
with a lot of ice, then a dedicated winter tyre will outperform the all-weather
tyre. Seasonal tyres are developed for the particular season and that’s why
they perform better.
all-weather tyre is though much better than a summer tyres during winter conditions. If you
change to summer tyres during early spring and the winter weather returns, then
you are in much worse situation than if you are using all-weather tyres. It is
also much better to have all-weather tyres than winter tyres during summer. Even
tough it is a compromise it is a really good and useful tyre combining the best
properties of a winter tyre and a summer tyre.It may suit some countries
perfectly, especially the countires, which don’t really have 4 distinct seasons.
As the winter season comes to an end and it is time to change to SUV summer tyres, what do you do if your SUV winter tyres look worn out and you will need a new set for the next winter season? This depends on a few factors. Who does your tyre change? Do you do it yourself? Or do you get it done at a tyre service station? If a tyre service station does it, then it might make sense to look at what winter tyres are available at the tyre shop and if you can get a good price on a set of tyres. I am sure that they will be happy to help you get a set of suitable winter tyres and you may get them even on sale. This is where good negotiation skills can come in handy. If you also buy a set of new summer tyres at the same time, I am sure that they will give you a good discount.
If they can
give you a good deal on a tyre set, I would recommend you to make the investment.
It saves you time at the end of the summer because you don’t need to try to
find a set of winter tyres. If they also store the tyres for you, you have zero
To make sure
your SUV is as safe as it can be, you need high quality tyres for it. An SUV
with bad tyres is all of the sudden not as safe. A high quality winter tyre
will provide the necessary safety to keep the SUV out of accidents. A premium tyre
provides good grip in winter conditions and a short braking distance. You can
have the option of an SUV studded tyre or an SUV non-studded tyre. The SUV studded tyre will provide you with
better grip on ice, while they both will be good on snowy winter conditions.
The key for a safe driving experience is to purchase a high quality tyre.
Many drivers don’t know exactly when to change tyres. They seem to drive way too long on the same tyres before they change them. This is especially the case if they don’t rotate the tyres or change between summer tyres and winter tyres. In addition, they may forget to check the tyre pressure regularly and they do it only when the car is brought for service or during the vehicles mandatory inspection.
all, a driver should actively maintain the tyres and check them on a regular
basis. All aspects of the tyre should be checked. Check the condition of the
tyres, based on just looking at them in good light. How do they look, do they
look worn out, are there any visible damages to the tyres? If you see any
problems with the tyres, it is good to bring them to the tyre service station
to let the professionals have a look at the tyres. They can easily assess if
they tyres are still ok, or if you need to replace the tyre or all the tyres.
thing you should do is to measure the tread depth. The easiest way to measure
it is to push a coin into the tread and measure how deep the coin could be
pushed into the tread. The tread depth should be more than 4mm for you to still
be driving with them. If the tread depth is 4mm or lower you need to purchase a
new set of tyres. When you go below 4mm you loose a lot of the tyres’ key
properties such as grip and stability. Also the braking distance is prolonged,
and the likelihood of aquaplaning is increased.
ting to check is the tyre pressure; this should be checked on a regular basis.
The tyre pressure can be found in the car manual. It is good to know that the
tyre pressure varies with temperature. The valves might also leak and cause a
loss of pressure. Driving with too low pressure is not good for the tyre and
the tyre wear increases, as does the fuel consumption. So if you don’t keep
them inflated, then you will need to buy new tyres soon.