The good thing with buying an SUV instead of smaller passenger cars is that they have better safety statistics. However, safety depends a lot on the tyres that you have on your vehicle. SUVs that are bigger and heavier than normal cars, need to have specific SUV tyres. When you buy your new SUV summer tires, there are a few things that you will need to consider. Some of them are listed on the EU tyre label and they include rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise.
There are though others that should be included and that is how well the tires are able to prevent aquaplaning and how good they are in terms of stability and control. The first three are easy as they are indicated on the tyre label so it is easy to compare between the tyres how well they perform versus the other tyres. When it comes to aquaplaning properties, you tend to have to read about the tyres or see how they perform in tests done by car magazines. For the stability and control, you will need to test drive to see how well they perform on the road and preferably mounted on a similar car as you have.
Selecting a low rolling resistance gives you better fuel efficiency, so this will save you money as you drive. The rolling noise impacts the driving comfort, while the wet grip will impact how quickly you can get your SUV to a full stop if you need to stop quickly. This is important from a safety point of view as you can often avoid accidents if you can get your SUV to stop quickly.
It is important to know that the SUV summer tyres should only be used during plus degrees, once you go below zero degrees the tyres become hard and inflexible and will not be able to provide you with the grip that you will need for safe driving. This is why it is important to change to SUV winter tyres or SUV all-weather tires once the winter season approaches and the temperature drops below zero degrees. It is not necessary that you have winter conditions like snow, ice or slush for it to be dangerous to drive; it is enough if the temperature drops.