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.
Driving is not an option if there are real winter conditions, meaning you have either sub-zero temperatures or either snow, ice or slush on the road, and you have summer tyres on your car. In winter you will need dedicated winter tyres that are winter approved.
Summer tyres are great for summers, but not for winters and vice versa. If you go for all-weather tyres, they can be good for both summer and winter season.
An all weather tyres allows you to drive all year around without having to worry about changing tyres. This tyre is a great option in countries where there are no four distinct seasons and where winter are not extreme.
The beauty of this tyre is that you don’t have to plan when to change from summer to winter tyres and vice versa. You are always ready to hit the road regardless of weather. It happens way too often that people end up being surprised by the weather and they still have summer tyres when it starts snowing or when there is already ice on the road. Driving with summer tyres in winter can be dangerous and increases risk of car accidents.
Don’t forget that you still need to rotate your tyres regularly. This will even out the tyre wear. It is not recommended to drive with a big difference in tread depth between the tyres, so two new tyres combined with two old tyres is not recommended and can make your car to slide. That’s why it is good to change all the four tyres to new ones at the same time.
Switching from summer tyres to winter tyres, might seem like a cumbersome task, but it is definitely something that shouldn’t be neglected. There are most likely laws regulating the use of winter tyres in your area if you have real winter conditions each year. The laws are really there to make sure that you are safe, as it is not safe to drive with summer tyres during winter conditions.
We have all seen videos on the news when there are lots of people crashing when the first snow comes. Some of the accidents may be due to the fact that drivers still have summer tyres on their car. Summer tyres do not have grip on snow or ice. For you to be able to drive legally and safely you need to change to proper high quality winter tyres.
Driving during autumn tends to be quite tricky, the reason being that the evenings are dark, the weather is often wet and winter is approaching. A perfect tyre for the autumn season is the all-weather tyre. During autumn you can see very much of the conditions where you will benefit a lot of having an allweather tyres. The all-weather tyre can be officially approved for winter driving, thus having a snowflake symbol. This would mean that you could drive with this tyre all year around. This will benefit some people and it helps during autumn, when it can be difficult to predict when the winter starts.
If you use summer tyre, then you need to be careful as you approach temperatures close to zero. Optimally you will change to winter tyres before the winter hits. If you do not manage to do it on time, you should try to avoid driving with tyres that are not approved for winter conditions. A set of summer tyres, will not be able to manage on snow, slush and ice. For these conditions you really need a winter-approved tyre. A summer tyres will not get far, as there will not be much traction. The rubber compound in a summer tyre will get very hard and stiff and will not be able to comply with the surface structure and on ice it will have almost zero grip. So change in time.
Buying a car can be fun because you will finally say goodbye to the hassles of public transport. But if not adequately prepared for the responsibilities that come with this purchase, it can end up being a frustrating investment. One of the things you will need to be ready for when you buy a vehicle is buying replacement tyres. The tyres that your vehicle will come with will only serve you for some time. Do not assume that they will stay in your car forever. If you come from a place that has a change of seasons throughout the year, you may need to buy replacement tyres after a brief period. Continue reading “Summer Tyre Buying Tips”
Just as important as it is to switch to dedicated winter tyres when the cold season comes, is switching to summer tyres when the hot season comes. Once you know the benefits that you can get from summer tyres, you will realize that they are worth the effort and investment. All-season tyres may still be good on summer roads, but their performance is average compared to dedicated summer tyres. You are going to benefit a great deal in terms of safety and comfort if you buy a set of tyres that are strictly meant for the hot season. Continue reading “Why Summer Tyres are Ideal for Hot Weather Conditions”