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.
Tyres are made for different vehicles, different driving conditions and for different weather conditions. If you live in the Nordics, you will have to use a winter tyre during the winter season and summer tyres during the summer season. If you live in continental Europe, you may not need winter tyres at all and you will have also all weather tyres as a tyre option.
the Nordics, everyone uses summer tyres in the summer and the summers are usually
not as hot as in southern Europe. In southern Europe, it may be possible to use
summer tyres all year around and skip winter tyres or alternatively people can
go for all-weather tyres which provide comfortable and safe driving during all
four seasons. If you use the same tyre during the whole year, it is important
to rotate the tyres every 8000km or when the difference in the tread depth is
larger than 2-3 mm. Rotation ensures that your tyres will wear evenly and you
can change all 4 tyres at the same time.
Germany, with their excellent roads for high speed, I would probably select a
high speed summer tyre for the summer season and then depending on what type of
winter conditions I usually experience, I would either select a non-studded
tyre or an all-weather tyre. High quality summer tyres have excellent grip and
stability which is what you need when driving at high speeds. The summer tyres
also need to be able to handle heavy summer rain and reduce the risk of
aquaplaning. Some tyres are better than others on wet surface and preventing
better tyres you have, the better fuel
efficiency you tend to get, as the rolling resistance of premium tyres tends to
be lower. They usually also last longer, which means that in the long run you
will save money. Even though you have high speed tyres, make sure that you
drive cautiously and drive fast only on the roads that permit high speeds. The high
quality summer tyres have a good traction, reducing the braking distance and helping
you stay out of accidents.
SUVs tend to be among the safest cars that you can own. To keep your SUV safe you need to also make sure that you have safe tyres. The car is only as safe as its weakest link.If you have bad brakes, the car might not be as safe, the same goes with the tyres. If you have worn out tyres with a bad tread depth, they will not be safe to drive with. You need to have at least 4mm tread depth, so if you are running close to that you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tyres.
tread depth impacts your braking distance, which makes you more likely to be in
an accident. When cornering you are also more likely to skid and lose control
over your SUV. In addition, low tread depth is much more likely to cause
aquaplaning, as there is less volume to push away water from the contact area.
Aquaplaning is something you want to avoid as it can lead to total loss of
control over your vehicle. This can easily cause you to crash your SUV. Both these
factors support that you need to change tyres to keep your SUV as safe as it is
intended to be.
you have proper tread depth in your tyres, you might be able to
manage a bit longer with your current tyres. Especially if you are happy with
them and they look to be in good condition. Make sure that the tyre pressure is
according to the owner’s manual, as low tyre pressure causes higher tyre wear
and higher fuel consumption. Both these can be avoided by just putting some air
into your tyres. Tyre pressure will increase with increasing temperature and
decrease with decreasing temperature. Due to the big impact as it has on your
tyres, it is recommended to check it on a regular basis.
selecting new tyres for your SUV, you can use the EU tyre label and look for
the wet grip which is the one that is representing the safety aspect of the
tyre. It measure the braking distance on wet roads, where a lower braking
distance is correlated with
Winter tyres are available as studded or non-studded versions. The studded tyres will use metal studs to gain traction on ice and packed snow, while it will use unique tread design to have good traction on snow. The non-studded tyres will use other technologies to provide excellent grip on snowy roads and good wear durability. Non-studded tyres may, for example, have tiny crystal like particles in the rubber compound to create a sand paper feeling surface that is great on snow and ice. This Cryo Crystal concept provides both longitudinal and latitudinal grip for winter conditions. The tread in non-studded tyres has a unique design with lots of features that improve the grip such as zigzag and pump sipes to ensure good grip even on wet ice.
studs tend to be a bit superior on ice, but the difference keeps getting
smaller with the amount of improvements that is being done on the non-studded
tyres. On snow both tyres perform
equally well. The tyre choice depends on the weather conditions of your area
and on your personal preferences.
important that the tread depth of a tyre is above the 4mm, as your tyres will
lose the key properties once the tread depth goes below the 4mm. To ensure that
the tread depth is equal between the front and the rear tyres, you should
rotate the tyres every now and then. It is important that you mark the position
of the tyre before you store them for the next season. When it is time to
rotate the tyres, remember that the studded tyres are directional. You should change
the rear left position with the left front position and the same with the right
change should be done in line with the local regulations. If you suspect that
there might be some winter weather returning, it may be better to wait a little
bit longer before you change your tyres.
Summer is finally on its way, daylight savings time has struck Europe for maybe the last time and it should make the days feel longer. Next year we will have to do without daylight savings time, but hopefully summer will arrive anyways. This is also the time to start thinking about summer tyres for your vehicle. If you have SUV non-studded tyres on your vehicle, then the change might not be so urgent, but winter tyres perform worse in warm weather and the tyre wear is increased as the temperature increases.
If you have
SUV studded tyres, then you might have to obey some timelines for when they
have to be removed and summer tyres have to be mounted to your vehicle. If you
have SUV All weather tyres, you can continue driving through
spring and summer all year round with the same set of tyres. These tyres are
good if you have not too harsh winters. All-weather tyres that have been approved
for winter use provide safe driving on snow, ice and slush.
If you live
in an area where there are harsh winters and real summers, it is always better
to use seasonal tyres that are specifically developed for the particular conditions.
They will keep you safe and you will get better grip and stability throughout
the year. The only challenge is when to change from the winter tyres to summer
tyres. You don’t want to change too early, as you don’t want to be left with
having summer tyres and the winter weather returns for another spell.
don’t always realize is that the rubber in the summer tyres will become hard at
temperatures below zero degrees Celsius and you will loose the traction even on
dry roads. In these circumstances even rugged looking SUV summer tyreswill not be as good
as you anticipate. Don’t try driving your SUV in winter conditions with summer
tyres mounted, it is not safe.