When you are in the market to buy a new set of winter tyres, it’s worthwhile to do some research or go to an expert tyre dealer. The correct tyre choice depends both on what type of vehicle you have and where you live. Some areas might have very harsh and long winters and some areas might only see some sporadic spells of winter weather. Then you of course have the areas where you don’t see any winter, where using winter tyres is not recommended unless they plan to drive to a winter destination.
When it comes to tyres that can handle winter, you have studded tyres, which have the best possible grip and performance on icy surfaces. Then you also have non-studded tyres that are full-fledged winter tyres that don’t use metal studs to create grip. They use unique tread design and can use technology such as cryo-crystals in the tread compound to create an abrasive surface that gives you grip on icy surfaces. These tyres are not intended for summer use, as the rubber compound and the tread design has been optimized for winter conditions. Finally you have all-weather tyres that are approved for winter conditions.
Winter approved all-weather tyres, which are always non-studded, are more all-round tyres that can be used all year round. They have a rubber compound that can handle a wider temperature range. They will allow you to be safe all year round regardless of weather. It is the perfect tyre to use when you are really dependent on your car and you don’t want to worry about the weather forecast or end up waking up in the morning to the fact that you have the wrong tyres for the current weather conditions. They are perfect for areas that don’t have so harsh winter conditions, so that you feel that you don’t need fully dedicated winter tyres. If you have long harsh winters, then your choice should be between studded or non-studded tyres. The choice is more dependent on personal preference and your area’s weather conditions. If you have more snow, they are both equally good and then the non-studded gives you a bit more flexibility as you can freely travel between countries. The studded tyres are thought superior if you drive in icy conditions and want the ultimate grip, then the studded tyres is your best choice.