Selecting the right tyres in the jungle of different tyres is not always the easiest task. Especially if you are not that knowledgeable about tyres and what differentiates them.
You can basically divide tyres into a few different categories based on weather. The main ones are winter and summer tyres. Then you have the all-weather tyre, which can be used all year around. You can also categorize tyres based on performance, so the more regular tyres and then your high performance tyres. Even the surfaces that you want to drive on can make the tyre different. So you have your off road tyres, your heavy duty tyres.
The main choices tend to be a winter or a summer tyre, where you will then choose based on what type of summer and what type of winter tyre you want. When you choose winter tyres you have a bit more options, as depending on what weather conditions you might face, you can have either very snowy conditions or then very icy conditions. Here also personal preferences tend to make an impact. Some people prefer to have either studded and some prefer to have non-studded tyres. They both perform well during winter conditions, especially if you select a high quality set of tyres. Trying to save some money by selecting a tyre of lesser quality can be a decision that negatively impacts your safety, your car’s fuel efficiency and the lifetime of your tyres, so it is better to choose a better tyre for the challenging conditions of winter.
Studded tyres get better traction on ice, so if you drive on a lot of ice and need the best possible grip, then you should choose a studded winter tyre. If you will more meet conditions with not so much ice, more snow or then sanded highways or city roads, then you should go for a non-studded tyre. They both will, as mentioned, be able to handle winter conditions safely. They key is to check rolling resistance rating to evaluate the fuel efficiency, rolling noise as that impacts your driving comfort and then the wet grip. It is also good to read safety reports and tyre tests in magazines to see how the tyres handle on ice and snow before you make your final decision.