Tyres are designed for different conditions; you have, for example, special winter tyres, summer tyres and all-weather tyres. High speed puts more centrifugal force and generates more heat build up in the tyre. If you select a tyre with too low speed rating you might risk tyre failure. When it comes to safety, you do not want to have tyre failure when you are pushing your car to the limit when it comes to speed. Tyre is what provides safety to your car and allows the car to exhibit its inherent safety aspects, but unless the tyres provide enough safety to keep the car out of accidents, your car will have to exhibit these safety aspects more often than anticipated.
bring you the necessary grip and control over your vehicle while you drive
regardless of speed. You need sufficient grip to be able to take sharp corners
and turns, to have a short braking distance, to avoid accidents and to maneuver
your vehicle. Depending on what conditions you plan to drive in, you might need
to purchase special seasonal tyres. Severe winter conditions always require
winter tyres or at least winter approved all-weather tyres.
of high quality will be able to handle the conditions that you will face while
driving during summers. Most tyres are designed for driving on normal road
surfaces and not in off-road conditions. If you plan to drive mainly off-road,
you need to purchase special off-road tyres. Summer tyres have been designed to
provide driving comfort on dry and wet roads alike and to prevent aquaplaning.
The better quality tyres that you choose, the better they will be able to avoid
this phenomena. Aquaplaning can happen in summer when you have rain or
thunderstorms and thus a lot of water on the road.
with high speeds – even though you would have the best high quality tyres with
the correct speed rating on your car – you need to ensure that you have the
correct tyre pressure. It is essential to check the tyre pressure because
driving with wrong tyre pressure at high speed can be dangerous. Low pressure
increases the heat build up and the tyre wear and can cause tyre failure at
high speeds. Too high pressure will decrease the grip and increase the braking
distance and will not be able to provide the best performance.
Taking the car and drive to a summer destination has always been a favorite way of travelling for many. Before it might have proven to be a substantial saving for a family, due to high flight prices, but now the tables might have shifted. The introduction of low cost airlines has reduced prices, while petrol prices are nowadays high. So if you are travelling with the whole family, you might not necessarily save, but you have a higher degree of freedom and you can stop along the way. Being able to access your luggage at any time and being able to bring whatever you want is a definite advantage for some.
For a long
summer road trip you will need to make sure that you have good quality tyres on your car. Preferably dedicated
high quality summer
tyres, as they
will perform better and will allow you to take full use of Autobahn with great feel
of the road, giving you great control and safety. You will need tyres that are
good at preventing aquaplaning, as you will probably run into a few
thunderstorms during the summer and being able to avoid aquaplaning with a car
filled with the family and luggage should always be prioritized.
of the French people will spend their vacation in France and go down to the
Riviera during August, when most French take vacation. There are some 20
million people visiting the French Riviera during August, so you might think
twice about driving there if you are not a French and have some other beautiful
options during August, or you visit the French Riviera other months than
depart on your journey, make sure to check the tyres from any visual defects,
and then check the tyre pressure. Make sure the spare tyres is in good
condition and that you have a full tyre repair kit available in case you will
need to change tyres due to a flat tyre. If you cross country lines, you will
need to check what insurances apply and what you will need to bring with you in
terms of insurance papers. It is always easier to check what applies when you
are home, so check it before you leave. If your car and tyres are in good
condition before you leave, you should be in a good shape to enjoy your
you buy new tyres, it is important to maintain them to ensure that they last
you a long time. Here are a few ways to maintain your tyres.
is importation to check the quality of your tyres on a regular basis. Check for
any visual damages and possible cuts or cracks. If you notice any problems with
your tyres, then you should visit a tyre dealer for consultation.
the depth of your tyre’s treads. You can do it by pushing a coin into the tread
and measuring how far it could be pushed in. Some tyres have wear indicators on
the tyre tread, which indicate when you get to the 4mm or indicate for each mm
of remaining tread. If your tyres go below 4mm in tread depth, it is time to
the tyres between the rear and front axles to ensure that the tyres will wear
evenly. You should rotate the tyres when the difference between the front and
the rear tyres is larger than 2-3mm. If you alternate between summer and winter tyres, then it makes sense to
rotate between each tyre change. Proper tyre marking is key when you change the
sure that the tyre pressure is according to the car owner’s manual.
Underinflated tyres will wear faster and consumer more fuel than if they were properly
inflated. Underinflation can also damage the sidewalls of the tyres.
Overinflated tyres will wear out the middle tread and have worse traction than
a properly inflated tyre.
you have winter and summer tyres, make sure that the
tyres are stored properly between the seasons. Tyres should be stored in the
dark and in cool temperature.
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