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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
There can be several reasons why one tyre is better than another tyre. It can be related to the quality of the tyre or then the fact that the tyre hasn’t been optimized for that specific use. A summer tyres will not be as good as a winter tyre in winter weather as it hasn’t been optimized to perform in those conditions. While a low quality tyre will not be as good as a high quality tyre, because they have most probably saved some material costs, to make the tyres cheaper. Part of what makes high quality tyres more costly than lower quality is that they spend a lot of money on research and development. This ensures that they can deliver a tyre that has been tested extensively in all different conditions. Their tyres are also continuously being improved so that they can continue to deliver the safest and best driving experience.
comes to winter weather, you do however need to have winter tyres
that have been approved for winter use. Even a high quality summer tyre will
not perform well in these conditions. Summer tyres are great in summer and can
deliver you the best driving experience in those conditions, however when you
go below zero degrees the rubber used will become hard. A hard tyre can’t
provide you with the grip that you need, as part of the grip comes from the
fact that a soft tyre will conform to the surface to provide you increased
friction and therefor better grip.
quality winter tyre will give you the best possible circumstances to drive
safely regardless of how harsh the winter weather you will need to drive
through. If you choose a studded tyre you will have studs that provide you with
great grip on ice and the tread design will ensure that the tyre can maneuver
through snow and slush.
tyre pressure to make sure that you have properly inflated tyres even during
the cold weather. Since the tyre pressure will decrease when the mercury falls
on the thermometer, it is worth checking when you stop for fuel. Low tyre
pressure will make your car less stable and you will loose some grip. The
increased fuel costs due to low tyre pressure makes it worth checking on a
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.
It is always nice to start the summer with a new set of tyres. Changing from winter tyres to summer tyres feels like a natural point to get new tyres. Driving on dry clean summer roads is always very liberating. You know that you will have excellent grip and control. It is always easier to drive on dry summer roads than to drive on snowy and icy roads, even if you have great winter tyres.
you buy new summer
tyres, make sure that you buy a set of high quality tyres. The EU
tyre label gives you good indication on three different parameters: wet
braking, noise and rolling resistance. These are not the only three that you
should consider as you might need to also take speed rating or load rating, or
different terrain into consideration, but these are there to at least give some
easy overview when selecting tyres.
resistance indicates how easy the tyre rolls. A higher rolling resistance means
that you will need more power to make the tyre roll, which leads to higher fuel
consumption. So here you want to select a tyre that has a low rolling
resistance. This will save you fuel when you drive. The noise level indicates
how loud the tyres are when you drive. A high tyre noise might be disturbing. You
want a low noise level to improve your driving comfort. The wet grip is based
on braking distance on wet surfaces. When it comes to braking distance you
always want to ensure that you have as short braking distance, regardless of
wet or dry roads. Short braking distance can really keep you out of accidents
and save lives.
might wonder when the best time to change tyres from winter to summer tyres is.
I would always recommend it to be dependent on the weather circumstances in
your area and if you drive with studded tires or
non-studded winter tires. Studded winter tyres tend to have a strict date when
they can’t be used anymore, so that makes it easy. Non-studded tyres are more
flexible, but you don’t want to wait too long. When the streets become clear
from any snow or ice and the temperature is constantly above zero would be a
good time to change.
Summer tyres are designed for summer use and the rubber will become hard if used during minus degrees. Winter tyres have been designed for winter use, so the rubber will remain soft and agile despite minus degrees.
that you need to shift to winter tyres when the temperature drops. However, if
you have winter approved all weather tyres
on your car, you can keep driving. Do remember
that with all-weather tyres you should rotate the tyres every 2000km to ensure
even wear between the tyres.
It can often be difficult to differentiate between tyres, at least by just looking at them. You will need to do a more thorough analysis to know which tyre will be a good tyre and which one will be not as good. To do your research online tends to be your best bet.
The EU tyre
label can give you some indication, especially for summer tyres. Reading tyre
tests can also give you a good indication of which ones are performing well in
the conditions that you plan to use the tyres in.
need to know what type of tyre you want to buy. There are big differences
between a summer
tyres, an all-weather tyre and a winter tyres. So
you can’t really compare these. You need to compare the tyres within the tyre segment
to know if it is a good tyre or not. If you want a winter tyre, make sure that
it is approved for winter driving. Also once you have selected a tyre, then
make sure that it also has low rolling resistance and low noise emission.