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.
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.
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
With the vast assortment of tyres today, it might be difficult to find the right tyre to buy. The right tyre choice for you will depend on what driving conditions you will face as well as your driving habits. There are a lot of tyres out there, as SUVs will require different tyres than a normal car, and sports car will benefit from different tyres than cars carrying heavy load. Off-road versus highway driving will again require a different option. So you can clearly see that there needs to be a lot of different tyre options for you to choose from.
will just have to worry about what type of vehicle they have and if you will
experience any winter season, so that you will need winter approved tyres. The
EU tyre label has been designed so that it should be easier for consumers to
quickly assess tyres based on three requirements; wet
grip, tyre noise and fuel efficiency. These might not be the most important for
you and in that case you will need to do some more research to find out how
other tyres compare on the requirements that are important for you. In this case
you can still use the tyre label information to choose your tyre.
The items on
the tyre label will still be important for safety to ensure that you have good
wet grip and can get your vehicle to stop in a short distance to avoid an
accident. If you drive on snow or ice, you will need to find out which winter tyres
is better for you. Tyre tests and reviews will hopefully give you the most
accurate overview of this. For the tyre rolling noise, this might not seem so
important, but for driving comfort, it can still be an important factor when
doing your tyre assessment. To ensure that we don’t waste money and to reduce
the impact on the environment, the rolling resistance should be low. Low resistance
will save you money on fuel, as your vehicle will be more fuel efficient with a
low rolling resistance.
selection should be done carefully and time should be spent to assess which
tyre is best for your vehicle and your driving conditions.
I think everyone wants to make sure that they are always safe when they drive. Selecting a safe car tends to be the first decision in this quest. It is sad to see though that despite tyres being a key factor in the car’s safety, very limited time is spent on selecting them and some see high quality tyres as just an unnecessary cost to invest in. I do hope that this is something that will start changing.
countries have made it mandatory to e.g. use winter tyres during the winter season; this is of
course done because they are so much safer. All winter tyres are still not the
same, there are some that are safer and perform better in winter conditions. So
if you have put a lot of effort into selecting the safest car, make sure that
you put some serious effort into also finding a tyre that will provide you the highest
level of safety. A safe car with unsafe tyres is in the end of the day not a
safe car at all.
vast range of tyre options out there in the tyre shop, there will be some that
are good and some that are not. What will vary is how well the tyres can handle
various challenges. Some manufacturers spend a lot of money on research and
development to ensure that the tyres behave well in various conditions that the
tread is optimized for various challenges. You will need to be able to handle
heavy rain with the risk for aquaplaning, where the tread is designed to remove
a lot of water to allow the tyre to remain in contact with the road surface.
When you buy
it can be worth checking the EU label that has easy to read values of braking
distance, rolling noise and rolling resistance. The braking distance is great
to check from a safety perspective. A lot of accidents can be avoided if we are
able to bring the vehicle to a halt quicker. The rolling resistance is good to
ensure a high driving comfort and the rolling resistance will impact your fuel
efficiency so that a high rolling resistance will need more fuel for the same
distance. Solve the safety aspects first and then try to get a tyre that has
low rolling noise and resistance.
All weather tyres are made for the European winters and summers. They might be your best bet for tyres, as you can use them all year around. You will be ready for any type of weather and don’t have to bother with changing tyres between winter and summer. With the same set of tyres you can drive without having to worry about the road surface conditions or the weather, and you can drive safely even if it is snowy and icy.
If you don’t
plan to change, but instead continue driving with the same tyres, then you need
to ensure that they are approved for winter use, if you end up facing winter
conditions. If you don’t have winter-approved tyres and you have snowy and icy
conditions, then you should absolutely refrain from driving. It is definitely
not safe for you or other people around you. The tread on summer tyres is not
designed for creating grip on slippery surfaces and also the grooves are not
able to push away slush to prevent slushplaning.
If you use
all-weather tyres you don’t have to worry about what weather you will wake up
to. It is important to rotate the tyres for even wear between
the front and rear axles. Uneven wear can cause the car to over or under-steer
and can cause the car to slide. Rotating the tyres also ensures that with the
even wear that you can change all the four tyres at the same time when you need
to buy a new set. Changing all the tyres at the same time makes your driving
safer as you will have the same grip on all the tyres.
and stability is key in ensuring that you can drive safely and that the braking
distance will be short. The all-weather tyres will give you both the grip and
the stability both on dry summer roads as well as on icy winter roads. The
rubber compound used is designed to be soft even at low temperatures and will
not get too soft during the hot summer days. This enables you to have a good
driving experience throughout the year.
a set of all-weather tyres is an excellent tyre that can manage all the weather
conditions that you will experience during a year, giving you superior driving
It is important to check the air pressure of your tyres often. During the winter, it might be that you need to top up your tyres with air, as the pressure drops with decreasing temperatures.
pressure in the tyres will
negatively impact your fuel consumption of your vehicle due to increased
rolling resistance. It also increases the tyre wear, which means you need to
replace the tyres more often. Your car will also not perform as well as it
should, if the tyres are not having the correct tyre pressure. This is
regardless if you have summer or winter
tyres mounted on your car.
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.
As your SUV is a heavy vehicle, it is important that you have good quality winter tyres mounted to manage the challenging winter conditions. SUV winter tyres will make sure that your SUV can drive smoothly through snow, ice and slush, which would be almost impossible without winter approved tyres.
are not approved for winter use have the tendency to get very hard and are not
able to comply to the surface that you drive on, thus they are not able to
create the necessary friction and thus the grip that you need to drive safely.
So make sure that you purchase good quality tyres.