If you are a lucky owner of an SUV, then you have one of the safest vehicles for passengers out there. SUVs are that since a bit elevated so that you sit higher, and have a more favorable outcome when they are in accidents that traditional passenger cars. So you are much safer driving an SUV than a normal car. You do however need to make sure that you have proper SUV summer tyres or SUV all-weather tyres now that you are driving during the summer. Avoid buying some cheap tyres now that you have invested in an expensive car, the tyres are your only contact with the road and they will ultimately determine how safe your SUV is.
cheap tyres can jeopardize the safety of your
SUV and make the driving more costly. Cheap tyres tend to wear out faster, so
you tend to spend more money over time as you have to replace the tyres sooner
than you would if you have good quality tyres. Cheaper tyres also tend to have
a higher rolling resistance, so that they burn more fuel while driving causing
you to spend more money on fuel, while also emitting more CO2, so
you will be less environmentally friendly while driving.
purchased a hybrid SUV, you will have a more environmentally friendly car, so
you want to make sure that you select a tyre that has a low rolling resistance.
The EU tyre label simplifies the purchase as it is nowadays quite easy to
compare the tyres to make sure that you get a tyre that has a low rolling
resistance. Cheaper tyres also wear out faster than high quality tyres, which
can be a problem for the heavier hybrid vehicles, which require wear resistance
tyres due to the higher weight caused by the battery packs. Even with high
quality tyres you will need to make sure that you monitor the tread depth so
that you can rotate the tyres for a longer lifetime. When there becomes a
difference between front and rear tyres of more than a few millimeters it is
time to rotate them, so that you can purchase 4 new tyres when they are all
worn out. It is less safe to drive with a combination of new and old tyres.
SUVs have been proven to be safer according to statistics. At least if you look at the rate of injuries after an accident, the SUVs are safer. Whether an SUV or any other vehicle will be in an accident or not depends also on other factors such as the driver’s ability to drive, the speed and the quality of the tyres. People often forget the last one, the tyres, even though they have a very big impact on the safety of any vehicle. If you equip the vehicle with bad, worn tyres, it can completely change how the vehicle performs.
In winter, an SUV needs proper SUV winter tyres
that can handle snow and ice and that have the rubber compound designed for
winter temperatures. When the tyre is designed for summer temperatures, it means
that when the temperatures go down below zero degrees Celsius, the rubber
becomes hard. Hard tyres are not able to conform and adapt to the road surface.
It is when the rubber is actually pushed into the micro-cavities of the surface
that provide a big part of the traction. When this is lost, the grip will be
drastically reduced. If you are driving on icy conditions, you can choose
studded winter tyres for your SUV. On snowy conditions both studded and
non-studded tyres perform well.
In summer you need to have proper summer tyres.
The SUV can, like any other vehicle, experience aquaplaning when driving on wet
roads. The ability to push away the water will determine whether you will
experience it or not. Good SUV summer tyres
have innovative tread patterns and design, so that they can push away water
more effectively and thus reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
For your SUV to be as safe as it can be, you
need to have good quality tyres, ensure that the tyre pressure is correct and
that the thread depth is above the minimum 4mm. I would recommend to purchase
SUV summer tyres for the summer season. They are good for driving on dry and
wet roads alike and efficient at preventing aquaplaning, keeping you safe
throughout the summer.
As the winter season comes to an end and it is time to change to SUV summer tyres, what do you do if your SUV winter tyres look worn out and you will need a new set for the next winter season? This depends on a few factors. Who does your tyre change? Do you do it yourself? Or do you get it done at a tyre service station? If a tyre service station does it, then it might make sense to look at what winter tyres are available at the tyre shop and if you can get a good price on a set of tyres. I am sure that they will be happy to help you get a set of suitable winter tyres and you may get them even on sale. This is where good negotiation skills can come in handy. If you also buy a set of new summer tyres at the same time, I am sure that they will give you a good discount.
If they can
give you a good deal on a tyre set, I would recommend you to make the investment.
It saves you time at the end of the summer because you don’t need to try to
find a set of winter tyres. If they also store the tyres for you, you have zero
To make sure
your SUV is as safe as it can be, you need high quality tyres for it. An SUV
with bad tyres is all of the sudden not as safe. A high quality winter tyre
will provide the necessary safety to keep the SUV out of accidents. A premium tyre
provides good grip in winter conditions and a short braking distance. You can
have the option of an SUV studded tyre or an SUV non-studded tyre. The SUV studded tyre will provide you with
better grip on ice, while they both will be good on snowy winter conditions.
The key for a safe driving experience is to purchase a high quality tyre.
SUVs tend to be among the safest cars that you can own. To keep your SUV safe you need to also make sure that you have safe tyres. The car is only as safe as its weakest link.If you have bad brakes, the car might not be as safe, the same goes with the tyres. If you have worn out tyres with a bad tread depth, they will not be safe to drive with. You need to have at least 4mm tread depth, so if you are running close to that you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tyres.
tread depth impacts your braking distance, which makes you more likely to be in
an accident. When cornering you are also more likely to skid and lose control
over your SUV. In addition, low tread depth is much more likely to cause
aquaplaning, as there is less volume to push away water from the contact area.
Aquaplaning is something you want to avoid as it can lead to total loss of
control over your vehicle. This can easily cause you to crash your SUV. Both these
factors support that you need to change tyres to keep your SUV as safe as it is
intended to be.
you have proper tread depth in your tyres, you might be able to
manage a bit longer with your current tyres. Especially if you are happy with
them and they look to be in good condition. Make sure that the tyre pressure is
according to the owner’s manual, as low tyre pressure causes higher tyre wear
and higher fuel consumption. Both these can be avoided by just putting some air
into your tyres. Tyre pressure will increase with increasing temperature and
decrease with decreasing temperature. Due to the big impact as it has on your
tyres, it is recommended to check it on a regular basis.
selecting new tyres for your SUV, you can use the EU tyre label and look for
the wet grip which is the one that is representing the safety aspect of the
tyre. It measure the braking distance on wet roads, where a lower braking
distance is correlated with
Summer is finally on its way, daylight savings time has struck Europe for maybe the last time and it should make the days feel longer. Next year we will have to do without daylight savings time, but hopefully summer will arrive anyways. This is also the time to start thinking about summer tyres for your vehicle. If you have SUV non-studded tyres on your vehicle, then the change might not be so urgent, but winter tyres perform worse in warm weather and the tyre wear is increased as the temperature increases.
If you have
SUV studded tyres, then you might have to obey some timelines for when they
have to be removed and summer tyres have to be mounted to your vehicle. If you
have SUV All weather tyres, you can continue driving through
spring and summer all year round with the same set of tyres. These tyres are
good if you have not too harsh winters. All-weather tyres that have been approved
for winter use provide safe driving on snow, ice and slush.
If you live
in an area where there are harsh winters and real summers, it is always better
to use seasonal tyres that are specifically developed for the particular conditions.
They will keep you safe and you will get better grip and stability throughout
the year. The only challenge is when to change from the winter tyres to summer
tyres. You don’t want to change too early, as you don’t want to be left with
having summer tyres and the winter weather returns for another spell.
don’t always realize is that the rubber in the summer tyres will become hard at
temperatures below zero degrees Celsius and you will loose the traction even on
dry roads. In these circumstances even rugged looking SUV summer tyreswill not be as good
as you anticipate. Don’t try driving your SUV in winter conditions with summer
tyres mounted, it is not safe.