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.
Driving behavior is always important, especially during the
challenging winter season. Slippery surfaces such as snow and ice make driving
much more difficult, so you really need to adjust your speed and drive
cautiously. Aggressive driving tends to be the worst, as you need to gain the
inertia for the tyres to get good grip.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t drive if you have
winter conditions and you don’t have winter-approved tyres on your vehicle. You
are very likely to be in an accident if you try. So please don’t.
Some countries have made it mandatory to have winter
tyres mounted if there is winter weather. Making it illegal to drive
If you have studded tyres, the
need to drive cautiously is even more profound. The studs that protrude from
the tread can get ripped out, if you drive very aggressively.
Making the wheels spin when you try to accelerate too fast
can make the studs to fall out. So adapt your speed to the winter and the
conditions that prevail.
During winter driving it is important not to stress. Take
your time and concentrate on your driving with minimum amount of distractions.
The braking distance is prolonged during winter when you
have ice and snow, so take that into consideration when you drive. Make sure
that you have more than 4mm tread depth remaining, so that your braking
distance is not even further prolonged.
Winter driving doesn’t have to be that difficult, but you
will need to drive cautiously and respect the winter conditions. You need to
have proper winter tyres that are approved for winter conditions and you will
need to have ample time to get to your final destination.
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
Practice makes perfect as the old saying goes and there is a lot of truth in that. Driving is associated with dangers and you need to pass a driving test to be allowed to drive a vehicle. Driving different vehicle types can require different licenses, as knowing how to drive one, might not necessarily give you the right skill set to drive another. This can vary between moped, motorcycle, car and various sizes of trucks.
different terrains and weather can cause the driving to be different and
another skill set is needed. It tends to be impossible to perfectly learn in
driving school the full skill set for any given situation, so you will need to
learn and develop over time. With winter driving, which is one of the most
challenging conditions to drive in, you should prepare yourself and make sure
you practice in these conditions.
on winter surfaces such as snow and ice, it is important that you have proper winter tyres
mounted to even have a chance to drive safely. Without proper tyres on the
vehicle, even the safest one will be very unsafe. Even with good qualitytyres that have been approved for
winter conditions, some driving practice is needed and a lot to become a
perfect driver. You will need to learn how the vehicle behaves in sharp turns
and how the braking distance is affected by the surface and the speed.
If you are
driving on ice, you are better off with studded tyres that have metal studs
that will give you very good grip on ice. If you drive on mainly snow, then
both the studded and the non-studded tyres will give you good grip. The
non-studded ones use a unique tread design to achieve the grip on snow and also
on ice. If you get the chance to try both you will learn the difference of how
it is driving with them on your vehicle.
So to become
a better driver regardless of weather and terrain, always take the chance to
practice and improve. Try to practice in the conditions that you mainly drive
in, but don’t forget also to improve in the ones that you will face sometimes.
It will make you a better and safer driver.
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.
When you select tyres for your vehicle, you should make sure that you select tyres that are optimal for you so that they don’t end up limiting you. There are a lot of tyres to choose from and some will be better than others to suit your needs. A lot depends on where you live and your driving behavior. If you plan to drive off-road or long-distance commute on highways, you should take this into consideration. Same if you have a very fast vehicle, you will most likely want to get high-speed tyres.
If you have
real winters where you live in is another key factor, as this will impact your
tyre choice. If you have some occasional winters that are maybe not so harsh, you
can get by with an all-weather tyre. If the weather is real winter weather with
lots of snow and slush, you will be better off with a dedicated winter tyres
that will give you the best performance in wintertime. The choice of a studded
tyre or a non-studded tyre will also depend your main usage. With studded tyres
you will be somewhat limited if you travel between countries, but you will have
the best performance on icy surfaces.
non-studded tyres you will be a bit more flexible and still have a great winter
tyre for the harsh winters. The choice is not always easy and for a lot of the
older generations in winter areas, they see the studded tyres as the only real
option, but decades of advances have made the non-studded tyres an equivalent option for winter
roads. If however, you want the pest performance on ice, the studded tyre does
provide you with the best performance.
vast tyre options out there, you should be able to find the best tyre option
for you and your vehicle. Doing some research and asking experts tend to get you
quite close to your final option. It is important though to realize that tyres
are important and making the choice of tyres is an important safety decision
that should be done carefully and not just left for chance. Tyre reviews done
in car magazines might provide you with which manufacturers produce the best
tyres for the various conditions that you are looking, to ensure that you get
the best tyre for you.
Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, if it is a normal passenger car, an SUV, van or a 4×4, there are all-weather tyre options for you. They are classified into passenger cars, SUV, 4×4 or vans, so that you can select the best all weather tyres for your vehicle.
of this tyre, especially if it is approved for winter driving and has the 3PMSF
symbol, which means that it has been tested and approved for winter use, is
that you will have great flexibility whichever roads you drive on in Europe.
You will not have to be dependent on any weather forecasts anymore, as this
tyre will provide you with great performance on wet and dry and even in winter
of not having to get caught with the wrong tyre on your car for the weather
conditions that can constantly change is great. Not having to stress with
trying to maybe shift from summer to winter tyres at the same time as hundred
others are also waiting at the tyre shop, is nice. It gives you more
flexibility the same way that you can freely travel between countries without
having to worry about if you have the correct tyres on your car.
There can be
several restrictions on tyre use throughout Europe, some tyres that are not
allowed and some that have to be used. In the Nordics winter tyres are
mandatory during winter when winter temperatures prevail and e.g. studded tyres
are not allowed in Germany. With an all-weather tyre you will comply with the
use of winter tyres in the Nordics and you don’t have studs and can drive in
Germany. This gives you the perfect freedom and flexibility to travel a lot
throughout Europe throughout the year.
Still if you
live in an area with long and quite harsh winters, it is recommended that you
change to a dedicated winter tyre
that will have better properties on snow and ice. It is in these harsh
conditions that you need the utmost from your tyres and any compromises will
not do. With a non-studded winter tyre you can still travel through Germany and
any other country, but you should change to summer tyres when the summer comes,
not due to regulations but because they perform better and last longer in summer
An SUV studded tyres is great on all winter surfaces if you have been taken care of the tyre. In order for the tyre to have excellent grip and control, you will need to make sure that you have sufficient tread depth, correct tyre pressure, that the studs are still in its place and that there is no excessive wear. Winter tyres should always be used if you have winter conditions or even if you have sub-zero temperatures, as the rubber in summer tyres will become hard and will not be able to provide you with the grip and control that you are expecting from your tyres.
tyres don’t have the mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall, then they are
not approved for winter use and you should avoid driving if you have cold
weather or snowy, icy or slushy roads. You will not have any control over your
vehicle as you will have no grip.
pressure will cause your SUV to consume more fuel when you drive and the tyre
wear will increase, so checking your tyre pressure can save you a lot of money,
both short term and long term.