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.
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.
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.
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.
This seems to be the ever-lasting question. Before the answer was quite obvious and simple, being that you should choose a studded tyres if you wanted a good winter tyre. However, big advancements in the development of the non-studded tyres have made them so much better than they used to be. Nowadays the question is not that easy to answer. Now it depends a lot more of your preference and where you live and what the conditions that area has.
The studded tyres are still a bit better on ice and tightly packed snow, but the difference is small. The non-studded tyres also perform well on ice nowadays. They use the addition of grip crystals to the tread that increases the traction between the tyre and the ice. They also use a design in the tread that allows the rubber tread to bite into the ice and create traction. If you are not in need of the absolute best grip on ice, then a non-studded tyre gives you a bit more flexibility as there are less regulations on non-studded tyres. If you travel by car between different countries, then you are probably best by having non-studded tyres.
Nothing can be as terrifying as driving on ice packed roads with summer tyres. Since the summer tyres are not built for providing good traction on winter roads, chances of skidding and getting involved in an accident are very high. Since the tyres are one of your car’s most important safety features, you need to invest in good winter tyres when the cold season comes. If the place that you come from gets more snow than ice during the winter, you should consider buying non-studded tyres. Continue reading “What You Should Know Before Buying Non-Studded Tyres”
When choosing the right winter tyres for your vehicle, there are two major options to select from, namely studded and non-studded tyres. While both of them are designed for use in winter, they have a few differences. The things you need to keep in mind when choosing between them include how much you drive in winter, the kinds of roads you use during that time, what you like as a driver and your winter driving experience. Do not just choose the tyres blindly because they are all winter tyres and hope to get the best out of them. Continue reading “When To Use Non-Studded Tyres”
Whether to buy studded or non-studded tyres is a question you may be asking yourself if you are planning to replace the tyres that your vehicle came with. While contemplating your options, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind. You need to ask yourself how much you drive your car, the kinds of roads you use, the kind of driver you are and if you have a lot of winter experience in the place you come from. Even though studded tyres can be great when it comes to handling icy driving situations, their non-studded counterparts have seen improvements in the rubber components that are used to make them. They are capable of handling some of the most extreme driving situations that winter is associated with.
In recent years, most winter drivers have preferred non-studded tyres over the studded ones. The modern studdless winter tyres lean on advances in tread designs, rubber compounding and other unique technologies. They do not rely on metal protrusions in the treads as it was common with the traditional non-studded tyres. In the cold temperatures of winter, the tread rubber of the non-winter tyres becomes stiffer and less able to adapt to even the dry irregularities of a road. Because of the advances in the rubber compounding technologies, the modern non-studded tyres are capable of maintaining flexibility even when the temperatures are freezing.
With the increased flexibility that the modern non-studded tyres feature, you can drive on a snowy road without the fear of sliding off the road. The increased flexibility enables the tyres to maintain traction regardless of whether you are on an icy, snowy, dry or wet road. These tyres generally have deeper treads compared to all seasons or summer tyres. The deep treads make it possible for the tyres to manage slush and snow dispersion from under the fire while at the same time providing improved snow-on-snow traction.
When you buy a non-studded tyre, one of the things that you will notice are thousands of tiny slits called sipes. They sit in the treaded pattern and act as biting edges on snow or ice. They help with acceleration, stopping and deceleration. Apart from the absolute driving comfort that you will get from these tyres, they also provide tangible fuel savings that you would not get with their studded counterparts. They will not leave a dent in your bank account when you purchase them because they are budget-friendly.