When you are driving, you can be faced with a lot of different weather conditions that can make your driving more challenging. It can be summer with sunshine and dry roads or summer with wet roads, you can have winter with slush, ice or snow. You can even have wet roads during winter. You can experience hail, heavy rain despite it being winter, heavy slush or tightly packed snow that basically becomes ice. If you don’t have a tyre to tackle these conditions, then they will become a risk factor and jeopardize your safety.
You want to make sure that you have a tyre that will allow you to drive safely and have the grip you expect, regardless of the weather and the surface. You will need your steering response and braking distance to be within reasonable limits. All of this can be achieved with the correct tyres. However, with the wrong tyres you are putting yourself and others in jeopardy by trying to drive with tyres that are not made for those conditions. The worst of course being when trying to drive during wintertime with tyres that are not approved for winter conditions.
Selecting the right tyre is very important and not always easy. There are a lot of different options because there are so many different weather conditions, seasons, performance requirements and usability for a tyre. If you are faced with both summer and winter conditions, then you will most likely choose between studded or non-studded tyres as your winter tyre option and then a summer tyre for the summer months. You will need to change tyres between summer and winter.
Here it is essential to make the change early enough before the winter weather arrives so that you are not caught by surprise, while still having your summer tyres on and having winter conditions with snow and icy roads. If this is the case, the best is to just avoid to drive and assess how you can change your tyres without moving your car, or if there is a possibility to wait for returning warmer weather. The change the other way around is also important, as driving with winter tyres during summer conditions increases the wear and can in some instances be illegal. So once you expect the winter to finally be over, you can initiate the switch.