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.