Compared To Winter Conditions, Summers Are Quite Easy To Drive In

It is easy to understand that winters have some of the hardest driving conditions that you can imagine. Driving in summer is much more easier. The dry road is a perfect condition for almost any type of summer tyres. Tyres’ grip is almost guaranteed unless they have messed up the rubber compound. The design of the tread further enhances the grip and improves the driving properties while minimizing the risk of aquaplaning even in heavy summer rain. I am not saying that all the tyres are same, I’m rather trying to point out that during summers it is more difficult to fail with a tyre to the same extent that you can during the winter season.

Tyres have a big impact on the safety of a car and even during the summer a high quality tyre will provide you with better safety than a budget tyre. The braking distance of a premium tyre will be usually shorter, which can help keep you out of accidents. The rolling resistance tends to be lower with high quality tyres, which means that also the fuel consumption will be lower. The tyre wear is also lower and you have to replace your tyres more seldom. All these factors act in your favor saving money on the tyres in the long run.

Winter conditions doesn’t have to be that difficult to drive in, but in winter you need to be extra careful with your tyre choice. You can choose studded winter tyres with metal studs or you can go for non-studded tyres that rely on other technological innovations in the tread design and rubber compound to provide the needed grip on winter roads. Both are great on snowy surfaces, but the studded tyres perform a bit better on icy surfaces. Both are approved for winter conditions, so if you have a set of high quality winter approved tyres, you will manage very well on winter conditions.

In summer, the trickiest situation is the summer rain and sudden thunderstorms. You do need tyres that have a proper tread design to cope with wet surfaces, to be able to avoid aquaplaning. Most tyres will do ok on dry roads, even though there are differences, e.g., in terms of braking distances, stability and tyre noise.

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Great Tyres For High Speed Driving

When you have a vehicle that can handle the high speeds, then you will need to also match it with good quality tyres that have a high-speed rating. When driving at high speed you will need a tyre that can handle the high-speed and provide you with the stability at the high speed that you need with precise steering to give you a safe and enjoyable drive. Combine that with great wet grip properties (information is available on the EU tyre label) to ensure that you can stop quickly and manage heavy rain without the risk of aquaplaning.

Nokian Tyres provides you with great summer tyre choices for high speed driving. You have the new Nokian Powerproof, which is a premium summer tyre for fast driving and then you have the Nokian zLine, which is specially tailored to the summer weathers in Central Europe. Both are great for high-powered cars. The Nokian Powerproof is the new addition to the tyre family targeting high-performance cars.

The Nokian zLine is designed to also work with electric cars, which have a bit higher loads due to the weight of the battery packs. When buying tyres for hybrids or electrical cars, it is worth checking if the tyres are suitable for electrical cars, not all tyres are.

When driving at high speed, make sure that you have sufficient tyre pressure and tread depth remaining on your summer tyres. High speeds can be very liberating and at the same time very exciting feeling, but the key is to remain safe both for yourself and the other people on the roads. The German autobahn is a great place to let the car drive at the speeds that they were made for. Summers are the best season for this as the surface and the behavior of the car is easier to predict. There are less surprises, which is great for keeping you safe. The combination of a good high-performance car and high quality tyres that are made for high speeds is everything you need. Then you are able to enjoy the power of your car to the fullest. Nokian Tyres doesn’t only provide the best winter tyres; they have a full tyre portfolio, including summer tyres.

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Check Your Tyres Now That Summer Arrives

With summer around the corner there are a few things to consider when it comes to your tyres. One of them is tyre maintenance. If you change between winter tyres and summer tyres, your tyres get a thorough check approximately every 6 months. If you don’t change the tyres and stick with an all-weather tyre for the whole year, then it is even more important that you take the necessary steps to maintain your tyres.

Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis. The tyre pressure will change when the temperature changes, so if you keep the same tyres all year around, it is critical that you check the tyre pressure. Underinflated tyres will wear out faster and will cause your vehicle to consumer more fuel. It can also cause irreparable damages to your tyres. Overinflated tyres will create a smaller contact surface between the tyre and the road. The lower contact area gives you less traction, which prolongs your braking distance and may increase the risk for accidents.

In addition, you need to check your tread wear, by measuring the tread depth. Compare the depth between the front and the rear tyres to see if you need to rotate the tyres. The tread depth should be more than 4mm. If you go below that, it is not safe to drive anymore and you need to purchase a new set of tyres. If the difference between the front tyres and the rear tyres exceeds 2mm, it is time to rotate the tyres. Rotation ensures that it is easier to control your car and you can buy a new full set of tyres when they are worn out. Only changing 2 tyres will impact your driving ability as you will have different grip on different positions of the car, so always try to buy a full set of 4 tyres.

You also should do a visual inspection of the tyres. Look if you can see any damages, cuts or cracks on the sidewalls from hitting e.g. curbs. Check also the tread pattern to see if the wear looks even on the tyre. If you detect uneven wear, you should visit a tyre service station to have the tyres checked. You might have to change shock absorbers or adjust the wheel alignment.

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When To Select An All-Weather Tyre For Your SUV

Tyre selection is not always as easy as it might seem. They tyre selection has a big impact on the safety of your vehicle. If you have bought an SUV, which is a very safe vehicle, I am sure that you want to keep the good safety properties of it. Mounting the wrong tyres can make it much more prone to accidents and thus making the vehicle more unsafe. This would be a shame as you have such a safe vehicle to start with.

If you live in an area that will not have the harshest winters and not the longest summers, then I tend to recommend the SUV all-weather tyres option. It saves you some hassle from changing between summer and winter tyres. However, you should still rotate the tyres if there are some differences in the wear between the rear and the front tyres. If you notice a difference of some 2-3 mm in the tread depth, you should rotate the tyres to get more even wear among the tyres. That way you can purchase a full set of tyres once the tyres reach the 4mm tread depth.

The main advantage with all-weather tyres that have been approved for winter use, as I see it, is that you are always ready to drive regardless of weather. Approved tyres will have a symbol on the tyre sidewall depicting a 3-peak mountain with a snowflake inside, often referred to as the 3PMSF symbol. If your tyres have this symbol, then you can drive safely during winter conditions.

If you have to change between SUV winter and SUV summer tyres, you need to be careful to change tyres at the right time. It is not safe to drive with winter tyres in summer and vice versa. If you change the summer tyres too early and a bad winter weather suddenly comes back, you may need to leave your car home during these days. Some people may try to still drive, not knowing how dangerous it is. This is in my view one of the key advantages with the all-weather tyre, that you are always safe while driving.

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Selecting The Right Tyres For Summer

If you have really harsh winter conditions, it is recommended to use a proper winter tyre. The all weather tyres can handle some winter weather, but in the challenging and rapidly changing winter weather conditions a proper winter tyre is your best choice. If you have an all-weather tyre you can manage with that tyre also during the summer season.

If you are buying a summer tyre, you need to select a tyre that is suitable for your needs, your car and your driving conditions. Whether you have an SUV car, a sports car or a small size car, all of these will need different types of tyres. The EU tyre label can help you compare different tyre characteristics and choose a tyre that is fuel efficient due to low rolling resistance, has a good wet grip, based on braking distance on wet roads, and finally is less noisy while driving. These might not be the main criteria for you, but can still guide your decision once you have found a few tyres that fit your main criteria.

It is important for summer tyres to perform well on wet roads. In addition to having a good wet grip, they also need to be efficient on removing water by pushing it away to ensure proper contact between the tyre and the road. If the contact is lost, you will experience aquaplaning. In aquaplaning, you lose control over your vehicle. This can be very dangerous and can cause accidents. You will regain control as the speed is reduced and enough water can be pushed away. Some summer tyres are better designed for this. I tend to prefer these tyres.

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Summer Is Approaching; Do You Need New Tyres?

Those who have had winter tyres on their vehicles during the winter season, will soon need to change the tyres to summer tyres if not done yet. Depending on how much tread there was left on the summer tyres before you put on the winter tyres, you might need to purchase a new set of summer tyres.

When selecting winter tyres, you usually make the choice between studded tyres and non-studded tyres. With summer tyres you don´t need to make such a choice. There is still a big difference between different summer tyres based on the rubber compound that is used in the tyre and the tread design. Compared to winter tyres, the summer tyres have a rubber compound that is optimized for the warm temperatures, so that they will have the right degree of softness during the normal summer temperature interval.

If you try to use a summer tyre during wintertime when the temperature is below zero degrees, the summer tyre will become hard and will not give you the grip that you would expect out of your tyre. This is why it is always recommended to change to winter tyres when you have temperatures below zero or you have harsh winter conditions. It is very dangerous to try to drive with summer tyres during winter conditions; you always need to change to proper winter approved tyres and keep them on as long as you have winter conditions. Don’t change too early. If the winter weather suddenly returns, you may need to leave your car home if you have already mounted the summer tyres. I know it can be very tempting to change to summer tyres as soon as there is a sign of warm weather, but you should wait until you are very sure it won’t return.

Summer tyres need to give you good stability and control on dry and wet roads. The tread will determine how good grip you will get. The EU tyre label will indicate how good wet grip you get from the tyres, what is the rolling resistance and the noise level. Information helps you compare different tyres. High quality tyres tend to save you money in the long run as they usually last longer and are more fuel efficient due to low rolling resistance.

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The Importance Of Good Tyres

Most people never realize how important tyres are for the car’s safety and driving performance. People tend to think that tires are something you need to have. They are just one of these things that you buy and use until you need to buy a new set. When people buy cars, a lot of time and effort is put into the buying process.:Test driving, engine size, color selection and even deciding what type of interiors and extra that you want to have.

Tyres are rarely discussed. The car comes with a set of tyres and people are often satisfied with that. If the car comes with summer tyres, you might purchase a set of winter tyres if you need them for driving during the winter season. The good thing is that most cars come with high quality tyres. even though not all the tyres are the same and there can be significant differences especially based on how you will use the car.

Since safety and fuel efficiency are many times the key decisive factors when selecting a car, it is funny that the tyres have an impact on both of them and still the tyres are not even considered in most cases. On the EU tyre label, there are 3 characteristics highlighted regarding the safety and environmental aspects of a tyre. You have the rolling resistance of the tyre, which impacts the fuel efficiency of the car. A high rolling resistance will make the car consume more fuel, while a low will consume less. The second highlighted characteristic is the wet grip, which is how fast you can stop the car on a wet surface.

It is good to search for more information about tyres before buying them as they have such a significant impact on the cars behavior. Reading tyre tests performed by a third party like a motor magazine tends to give you a good view of which tyres are good for certain conditions. Also the EU tyre label may help you make the final decision between a few tyres.

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New Tires Will Keep You Safe

Tyres are made to wear; Usually good quality tyres will last longer than some of the cheaper ones. One thing is sure that all tyres will wear out over time. This is one reason why you need to check the tread depth, to ensure that it is above 4mm. If you go below 4mm it is not safe to drive with them anymore. The tyres start losing their key properties while the tread wears out and you need to replace them to be able to drive safely.

The tyres are very important to the safety of your car. Even though your car would be good and safe, it won’t perform well if you have bad or worn out tyres on it. Braking distance is significantly longer when the tread is worn. Not being able to stop in time is a big reason for the car accidents. It is also a reason why high speeds are dangerous, as it takes longer to get the car to a halt. Grip is another key feature that is lost as the tyre wears out. Without proper grip your car while slide as you take corners and turns and you can easily lose control over the vehicle.

If you have winter tyres, the grip is even more crucial. In wintertime, the road surfaces can be very slippery because of ice and snow. This requires that you regularly check the tread depth to make sure that the winter tyres have more than 4mm tread remaining. You need as much grip as you can get from your winter tyres.

Tyre pressure is another factor that can impact the safety of the car, as low tyre pressure leads to worse driving properties. The tyre wear also increases with low tyre pressure. That’s why, in addition to checking the tread depth, you need to check the tyre pressure regularly to ensure that the pressure is correct and as is indicated in the car’s manual. Driving with low tyre pressure increases the rolling resistance, which will in turn increase the fuel consumption of the car. It means that you have to refuel the car more often. The low tyre pressure becomes quite costly as your tyres wear out faster and also consume more fuel, which means that you will soon need a new set of tyres.

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Things To Check Before Going On A Winter Vacation With The Car

Some people enjoy taking the car when the go on winter vacation. Most people want to go skiing and then it is easy as you can easily pack the car full with ski equipment. The ski boxes on top of the car have made it easy to store the skis and the rest of the equipment can go in the trunk.

Before setting of on your vacation it is good to plan. Plan the route you want to drive to get to the end destination. Call your insurance company to ensure that you have all papers and you are covered all along the route.

Check the condition of your tyres. If the tread depth is below or close to 4mm, it is recommended to change the tyres before trip, so you can drive safely and without problems along the way.

If you have studded tyres, you will need to check if they are allowed in all the countries you might drive through if you plan to go abroad. Non-studded tyres should be ok.

You will need to have an extensive emergency kit in the car with a reflective vest, warning triangle, flashlight, first aid kit and some blankets.

Check also the weather forecast and then once you are all packed up and ready to go, stop at a petrol station and check the tyre pressure, to make sure it is in line with the car manual. Low tyre pressure can cause your trip to become more expensive due to higher fuel bills and you will also wear out your tyres quicker.

Make sure to fill up the windshield washer fluid and change the wiper blades if needed to ensure good visibility. 

Have a good trip!

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How To Ensure That You Drive Safely With An SUV During The Winter Season

If you live in an area where you have winter conditions during the year, you will need to equip your SUV with proper winter tyres that are approved for winter driving. If your tyres don’t have a winter-approved symbol on the sidewall of the tyre, then they are not suitable for winter driving and you should refrain from driving. You will need proper winter tyres to tackle these conditions. Summer tyres will get very hard at low temperatures and will not be able to provide the grip that you will need to stay safe while driving. Don’t be fooled by the fact that SUV summer tyres sometimes can look quite rugged and give the impression that they can handle any terrain. You need SUV winter tyres. The pure fact that the rubber compound hasn’t been optimized for cold weather and you will loose almost all your grip, especially on ice, should deter you from driving.

For driving in icy conditions you should buy SUV studded tyres. They will be able to provide you with the grip and stability that you will need to have, to be able to drive safely. The metal studs dig into the ice to give you the necessary grip for safe driving. The tread is also optimized to be able to handle snow as well as slush. With slush you also have to be careful that your car doesn’t loose control due to slushplaning, which is winter’s equivalent to aquaplaning.

You also need to make sure that the tyres are in good condition, that there are no tears or cuts on them. Check that the tread depth is above 4mm and that the tyres are correctly inflated. With lower temperature the pressure goes down, so it is important to check the tyre pressure regularly. Also if you drive with a fully loaded vehicle, you should check it. Low tyre pressure decreases the grip and stability. The wear of the tyres will increase of the tyres have low pressure, causing you to have to buy new ones earlier than intended. Another negative impact is that the rolling resistance increases, which causes your SUV to consume more gasoline, which can be quite costly with today’s gasoline prices. So try to check the pressure when you stop at the gasoline station.

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