There are a few reasons why you should check your summer and winter tyres, mainly due to safety and cost factors. It is good to do a visual inspection of your tyres regularly. If there are visible damages to your tyres, then drive by a tyre shop and get them fixed or replaced. Another safety item to check is the tread depth; if it is below 4mm then you need to purchase a new set of tyres. It is not safe to drive with tyres that have tread depth of below 4mm. In addition, you need to check the tyre pressure. Low pressure can be dangerous to drive with and both the tyre wear and fuel costs rise with low pressure. So keep your tyres in good condition.
During the winter, if there are severe winter conditions with snow, ice and slush and below zero temperatures, the best tyre option for your SUV is a proper winter tyre. While a summer tyre gets hard when the temperature goes below zero, a dedicated winter tyres remains soft and flexible, being ready to conform to the wintry road surfaces and to create enough traction on icy and snowy surfaces.
The tread pattern and tread material of a winter tyre is specifically designed to offer stable handling on ice and snow as well as to evacuate slush, ensuring that you have constant contact with the road surface. If you lose this contact, the car will end up slushplaning, just like you do with aquaplaning. This is a state where you cannot control your vehicle, so you need to lower the speed and wait until the tyres evacuate the slush from the surface and you get back the control of your vehicle.
Even if it looks like your current tyres will be able to perform well during winter, if they are not winter approved, they will not. Trust me.
First of all, you should not be driving during winter weather with any tyre that is not approved for use during winter. You should also not drive with a winter tyre that has a tread depth below 4mm. Winter driving is very challenging and you need to get the maximum performance from your tyres to stay safe and manage to drive.
You need a high quality set of winter tyres to meet the challenges of winter weather. You have a combination of snow, ice and slush, which all are very difficult conditions to drive in. Even with good quality tyres, you need to drive cautiously and keep your speed at levels that you feel comfortable with. If you face a lot of ice, a studded tyre is your best option for safe driving. This will give you the best traction on icy surfaces.
Each tyre has some specific use. Most people think of tyres as just something you need to have and don’t know how much they actually contribute to the performance and safety of your vehicle. You need to choose carefully what tyre you need depending on your driving profile as well as the weather conditions that you will face.
The tyre choice will depend on the type of vehicle you have, what performance you want and for which season you will drive in. In northern Europe you will most certainly need both a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres. In the southern parts you might get by with only summer tyres, if you don’t see any cold weather or then you might opt for a all-weather tyres, which if it is approved for winter use, and you can manage with it all-year around. If you live in an area that experiences heavy winter weather, you are better off with winter tyres during the winter season and summer tyres during the summer.
This seems to be the ever-lasting question. Before the answer was quite obvious and simple, being that you should choose a studded tyres if you wanted a good winter tyre. However, big advancements in the development of the non-studded tyres have made them so much better than they used to be. Nowadays the question is not that easy to answer. Now it depends a lot more of your preference and where you live and what the conditions that area has.
The studded tyres are still a bit better on ice and tightly packed snow, but the difference is small. The non-studded tyres also perform well on ice nowadays. They use the addition of grip crystals to the tread that increases the traction between the tyre and the ice. They also use a design in the tread that allows the rubber tread to bite into the ice and create traction. If you are not in need of the absolute best grip on ice, then a non-studded tyre gives you a bit more flexibility as there are less regulations on non-studded tyres. If you travel by car between different countries, then you are probably best by having non-studded tyres.
Switching from summer tyres to winter tyres, might seem like a cumbersome task, but it is definitely something that shouldn’t be neglected. There are most likely laws regulating the use of winter tyres in your area if you have real winter conditions each year. The laws are really there to make sure that you are safe, as it is not safe to drive with summer tyres during winter conditions.
We have all seen videos on the news when there are lots of people crashing when the first snow comes. Some of the accidents may be due to the fact that drivers still have summer tyres on their car. Summer tyres do not have grip on snow or ice. For you to be able to drive legally and safely you need to change to proper high quality winter tyres.
When driving with your SUV in the extreme winter conditions you will need to get a set of winter tyres. The rubber used in the SUV winter tyres is designed for winter conditions. Therefore you will need a specific winter tyres that will remain flexible during the winter temperatures.
SUV studded tyres should be used during winter. These tyre are especially good for icy winter conditions. With a studded tyre, you will be able to drive safely throughout the winter season, regardless of what surfaces you will be encountering. Just make sure that you mount them before the winter conditions arrive and then change back to your summer tyres when the season ends. For studded tyres, it is important to also check what the legislation is in your area what pertains to studded tyres.
It is often questions about if you should buy a full set, or if it is ok to buy just two tyres, to replace the ones that are most worn out. The answer is always that is better to buy a full set, as your driving performance will be better and you will be safer. To avoid having different wear between back tyres and front tyres is to rotate the tyres, every 6 months, or every time that you change between summer tyres and winter tyres. This will make sure that they will wear out more evenly.
When you mount different worn tyres between back and front, like a brand new set and a few years worn tyre, the grip will be different, which can easily result in sliding. You can easily lose control when you turn or corner. Therefore it can be dangerous to only change two tyres and it is always recommended to change the full set at once. So make sure that you will be rotating your tyres to ensure a more even wear so that when you need to buy a new set, you can buy a full new set of tyres. Rotation will then save you money as you can wait until they all are close to the recommended minimum tread depth of 4mm.
Driving safely on the challenging winter roads requires more than just good driving skills. You also need to have the right set of tyres designed specifically for the cold weather. You need to have winter tyres the moment leaves on trees start turning from green to bright reds and oranges. Do not wait until the roads are packed with snow and ice to start thinking of buying these tyres. By that time, their prices may be higher, or it can be challenging to find an expert to install them for you. Continue reading “Tips for Buying Winter Tyres Online”
Driving with studded tyres in winter is one of the ways that you can use to increase the safety of your vehicle on the road. Even when roads become covered in heaps of snow and ice, you will be able to drive more easily when you install the studded winter tyres on your vehicle. They are created for use in places that experience severe winter conditions. You may have to spend a bit more money to buy them, but the good news is that the risk of being involved in accidents when you are driving on the winter roads will be lower. Continue reading “Why Studded Tyres Are The Best For Winter”