When driving during the winter season it is crucial that you have good grip, but also the stability is very important so that you don’t spin out of control. Driving in winter conditions is difficult as it is, so if you don’t make sure that you have the best tyres mounted to give you the stability and control that you need, you are making your life more difficult and you will be less safe.
For winter tyres you have a wide variety of tyres to choose from, they will all have different looking tread design and some will have studs protruding from the tread for improved grip. It is important to take time when you select tyres, as they are fundamental in ensuring your safety on the roads when you drive. You should consider the tyres as any other safety feature of your car, like the seat belts, airbags and anti-lock braking systems. The latter ones are already included when you purchase your car, but the tyres you will choose since they will need to be optimized based on your driving conditions. This doesn’t make them less important. If cars had fixed tyres it would be difficult to change from driving in extreme heat on hot tarmac to icy cold winter roads as the contrast is so big.
The new EU label has three different features highlighted, the wet grip, fuel consumption and tyre noise. It is easy to get a quick overview of how the wet grip is and how it compares to the other tyres. Wet grip is of course different than grip on icy and snowy surfaces, so if you choose a winter tyre you will need to assess the grip and stability in a different way. The best tends to be reading various reviews and tests of the tyres and start building up your knowledge from there. Which companies make great winter tyres, which ones are known for having good grip and stability in winter conditions? As the choice is important take your time and stay safe.