Check that your tyres are free from cut and cracks and that the tread depth is above the recommended limit
Weather has a profound impact on the driving safety of our cars. Most of this has to do on our selection of our tyres. Tyres have a bigger impact on safety than most people realize. If you don’t choose your tyres carefully according to the weather you might be in trouble. Tyres are designed for a specific temperature range due to the nature of the rubber. With special additives you make the tyre have the correct softness to give you the best performance when it comes to grip and wear.
This is why it is very detrimental to drive with a winter tyre during summer conditions, as the wear will be unnecessarily high due to the winter tyre being soft. The same way you can’t drive with a summer tyre during winter conditions, as you would not basically have any grip, as the tyre would be too hard to comply with the surface. For summers you also need to take the rain into account, where you will need tyres that are good at preventing or reducing the probability for aquaplaning. The right tyre for the right conditions is what is important. It is not only the weather that is important to acknowledge in your tyre selection, but also the quality of the tyre.
The high quality tyres will use a lot of innovations in the tread design to improve the ability to remove water from the road surface. By removing enough water the tyre will remain in contact with the road and not lose contact. Aquaplaning happens when you lose contact and instead glide on the water. You don’t have any steering capabilities once you start gliding on top of water. This is why this condition is so dangerous and is a big cause of the accidents that happen summer time when you have a thunderstorm.
In some areas the best tyre for your vehicle is an all-weather tyre, which is then designed as a compromise to span over a larger temperature range. They will have the right softness both in winter and in summer and is ideal for those who don’t want to have the hassle with changing tyres and also for those who always want to be able to drive safely regardless of what weather condition you will face.
The beauty of all-weather tyres is that it is a good tyre for all year round use. If you don’t live in one of the countries that have long and harsh winters, then you will be fine with a set of all-weather tyres that are winter approved. Winter approved means that they will have a 3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall of the tyre. This indicates that it has been tested and approved for winter conditions. This makes it safe to drive regardless of what weather you will face and you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast.
These tyres will work as good in the summer as well as winter, so if you don’t use summer tyres all year because the weather allows you, then this could be your tyre. If you have very defined summer and winters, you might still be better off by changing tyres and if you only have summers and no winters, your performance from summer tyres will be better. With all-weather tyres, you will need a high quality tyre, to make sure that it doesn’t wear out too fast during the summer season, as the high temperatures can cause increased wear on the cheaper versions. It is also crucial to check the rolling resistance indicated on the EU tyre label to make sure that the tyre that you purchase has a low rolling resistance.
The rolling resistance dictates both the wear of the tyre as the rolling friction is higher which will lead to a higher wear, but also the fuel consumption is increased, so that you will spend more money on fuel. So the combination of having to purchase a new set of tyres more frequently and having to stop more often for fuel will quickly turn the cheaper tyres into the more expensive alternative.
The EU tyre label has been put in place to make it easier to make the right decision when purchasing tyres. Most people know very little about tyres and their importance, so that is why often the decision is purely made based on price as it used to be difficult to compare the tyres. Now part of this problem is gone and it has become easier to at least compare between the items listed on the tyre label.
Electrical cars tend to be of higher initial investment than ordinary combustion engine cars. When you have a pure electrical car and not a hybrid car, you are very dependent on planning your charges. If you only drive back and forth to work or do shorter trips to the store or to daycare to pick up the kids, you should be fine. For most people that is the majority of what they use the car for anyways. If you need to do something out of the ordinary, something where you might worry about problems with charging the car, then you can always rent a car for that instance.
You will need to remember that an electrical car is heavier than a normal car due the weight of the battery packs. This will cause increased wear of the brakes as well as the tyres. For car tyres, you will need to make sure that you buy tyres that are made for electrical cars, so that they can manage the extra weight and not wear out too fast. There are both summer tyres and winter tyres for electrical cars, as well as all-weather tyres.
When you drive with your electrical car, you can enjoy a smooth and quiet ride. It is important to select tyres that have a low rolling noise, so that you will not be disturbed by that. A low rolling resistance also means that you will get further with each charge, so that is worth checking and a short braking distance is important as it can keep you out of accidents. All these are highlighted on the EU tyre label that all tyres have. This makes it easier to make a wise tyre choice and not be totally lost in the numerous tyre choices.
If you have invested the extra money in an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, it is good to also make sure that the tyres that you buy will be as environmentally friendly as possible. Choose a manufacturer that for example uses purified low aromatic oils only to ensure that the tyres are produced with low impact on the environment.
For the driver of an electric car, it is all about driving carefully and hoping to get as many miles out of your vehicle as possible before you will need to change the battery packs on the car.
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.
Taking care of your tyres, regardless if you use summer tyres, winter tyres or all-weather tyres is 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.
Wrong tyre 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.
The braking 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
In 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.
For 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 dangerous aquaplaning.
The 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.
An all weather tyres is not for everyone, but for the areas where it can be used it can be a good tyre option. If the all-weather tyre is winter approved, then you can use it all year around regardless of weather. One has to realize that it is a compromise whereas summer tyres will perform better during the summer and winter tyres will perform better in winter. However a summer tyres should never be used in winter, as they become hard and will have more or less no grip and therefor are dangerous to drive with. If you instead have all-weather tyres, you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast and you are ready to drive every day of the year.
The fact that you don’t have to worry about weather forecasts and tyre changes between summer and winter tyres makes these tyres a very convenient choice. When you change between summer and winter tyres, there tends to often be a period of uncertainty during the spring and autumn when you can have some reoccurring winter weather or very early winter weather. If you end up with summer tyres and you have winter weather you should not drive your car. If you are very dependent on your car, then an all-weather tyre solves this problem for you.
For the all-weather tyre, the rubber compound is made in such a way, that it covers a wider temperature span, to give you a tyre that can work in any season. It also has a tread design, which allows you to drive on any surface. It can push away water and slush to prevent you from loosing control, it will have good grip on snow and ice in addition to the dry or wet roads. This makes it a versatile tyre for vehicles that need to be in use regardless what weather there is.
It is not a tyre for everyone, but for the ones that can use these tyres on their vehicles, they do it as they see clear advantages of having one tyre for the whole year. They have full flexibility with less hassle and don’t have to worry about being stuck with summer tyres in winter conditions and maybe having to refrain from driving the vehicle on certain days due to this.
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.
The beauty 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 conditions.
The convenience 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 temperatures.
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.
Good grip 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.
In summary, 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 safety.