The best way to battle the challenge of changing weather between the seasons is to have two sets of tyres and change tyres between the summer and the winter season. This will allow you to have the best tyres for each season and the best safety and performance from the tyres. It is always difficult to design a tyre that can manage such a big difference in conditions. This is why you will need to change the tyres. During the summer you will need a much different tyre, a tyre that is performing well on dry and wet asphalt and can manage high speeds and have good cornering properties. The tyre should also have good properties for preventing aquaplaning.
A summer tyre would perform very
poorly in cold and winter conditions as the rubber compound used in summer
tyres is optimized for warm temperatures. This means that at low temperatures,
the rubber would become very hard and would not be able to provide the
necessary grip required during the winter. This is why you would need to change
tyres to a set of winter tyres. Winter tyres have a
completely different rubber composition. The composition is optimized for cold
weathers, so that they will stay soft and able to comply with the road surface
for optimal grip.
With winter tyres you can also choose if you want to have
studded or non-studded tyres. The studded have
metal studs protruding from the tread to ensure good grip. This will be the
best option for icy surfaces. For the non-studded tyres, they use a unique
tread design to create the grip on ice, which give you still good grip, but not
as good as with the steep studs. When it comes to snow, both these tyres will
perform good, except on tightly packed snow, which becomes almost like ice and
here again the studded will be better.
This is the best option for making sure that you will stay
safe all year round. The main challenge will be when to actually make the
change. With studded tyres you often have restriction on the period that they
can be used, but you want to make sure that you have them mounted on your car
before the winter weather arrives, as it is not safe to drive without them on
Do you need to have aramid-reinforced sidewalls of the tyres? This is great to protect your tyres from sharp rocks when driving off-road, but they also protect your tyres from hitting curbs in city driving, so it can be useful to have even when you are not off-road.
Electrical cars and hybrid cars are heavier than normal passenger cars due to the battery packs. This is why it is advisable to use tyres that indicate that they can be used on electrical cars. These tyres can handle the extra load, have a low rolling resistance and are wear resistant so they don’t wear out prematurely. Electric cars accelerate faster and steer more precisely so you will need a high quality tyre that can accentuate these features.
electrical cars have instant high torque, the stress can be higher on the tyres.
That’s why you should rotate the tyres more often than you might be used to.
Rotation intervals should be around 5000-8000km to ensure even wear and that
the tyres don’t wear out too quickly. You can increase the lifetime of the
tyres by rotating them.
Due to the
fact that electric or hybrid cars are heavier than normal cars, the tyre
pressure becomes even more important to check and assure that it is correct.
Low tyre pressure will cause your tyres to wear out faster than expected and
also the rolling resistance will increase, so that you will get les distance
out of a full charge.
tyres frequently to see that they are free from cracks or cuts is essential.
Also measure the tread depth and remove any stones that might be stuck in the
tread, as that can damage and wear out the tyres. Make sure that the tread
depth is above 4mm. The tyre pressure is very important as the weight is
higher, so you need to check this on a monthly basis as well as when you have
big differences in the temperature.
have good summer or winter
tyres on your
vehicle, the driving experience will be enhanced. Good tyres will give you the
precision and stability even at high speeds. You will also reduce the risk of
aquaplaning when you have good quality tyres. For aquaplaning prevention it is
also important to have enough tread depth. Low tread depth increases the
braking distance and makes the driving less safe, so make sure that you change
tyres as soon as you go below 4mm tread depth.
Tyres are vital for your safety when you drive. Good high quality tyres will improve your safety in the same way that bad tyres will jeopardize your safety. When you go to a tyre shop, you will see a wide range of different tyres at differet prices. Without extensive knowledge it is difficult to make a correct choice. EU has made it mandatory for tyre manufacturers to add a label to the tyre with information regarding the tyre’s wet grip, fuel efficiency and tyre noise. This is to at least simplify the selection a bit. These might not be the most critical factors for you, but everyone should understand what they mean. The first decision is, however, if you need a summer tyre or a winter tyre.
I think most
of us want to have tyres with a low rolling resistance, which means that they
have good fuel efficiency. The wet grip, which also translates to safety,
indicates how fast you can get a vehicle to stop on a wet surface. This will
basically give a good indication of how safe the tyres are. Wet grip is harder
to achieve than dry grip. The tyre noise will affect the driving comfort. A
high tire noise can be very disturbing in the long run.
It is not
only purchasing good tyres that have an impact on the safety, tyre maintenance
is just as important. Good quality tyres with bad tyre pressure will not behave
optimally, so it is very important that you keep checking that the tyre
pressure is according to the car’s owner manual. Low tyre pressure will make
the tyres wear out faster and will increase the rolling resistance. So if you
selected a set of tyres because they had low rolling resistance and then you
run them with low tyre pressure, you will negate that effect.
Over time as
the tyres start to wear, it is important to monitor the tread depth to ensure
that the depth of the grooves is more than 4mm. Once you go below that, you
lose a lot of properties such as short braking distance, control and safety.
The risk for aquaplaning is also increased.
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.
Some of the car accidents happen because the most important safety accessory of the car, the tyres, are not in good condition. As we all know, accidents do happen and you can wonder why they happen. There can of course be numerous reasons, like distraction, something unexpected happens or people are driving too fast. Some of these could be avoided with better tyres. Good high quality tyres enable you to stop faster and in shorter distance than with tyres that have bad tread depth or are in bad condition.
of your tyres, regardless if you use summer
tyres, winter tyres or all-weather
essential. You will need to check that they are in good condition, that they
have sufficient tread depth, which is above 4mm. Tyre pressure is also
important. If you have over inflated or under inflated tyres, they are not
performing optimally, and you will not have optimal control over your vehicle.
Since the temperature has an affect on the tyre pressure, it is important to
check it more regularly when you have big temperature shifts. Also when you
drive on a summer vacation, from e.g. Northern Europe to Southern Europe, the
big temperature difference makes it very important to check the tyre
temperature also when you have arrived to your final destination.
pressure also impacts the rolling resistance, making your tyres to wear out faster than intended.
This means that you will need to replace them sooner than expected and your
replacement cost increases. Your fuel consumption also increases as your
vehicle will consumer more petrol as you drive. So not only your safety is
impacted, but also your finances, as you end up spending extra money while
being less safe and be more likely to be in an accident.
distance will increase when driving with wrong tyre pressure, with bad tyres or
with tyres with low tread depth. This impacts your driving safety and you will
have less control and grip when you drive. This is what mainly causes
accidents, losing control over your vehicle due to aquaplaning, or when taking
curves or then having tire failures. The longer braking distance due to bad
tyres is also increasing the chance to be in an accident.
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.
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.