Getting new winter tyres for your SUV

If you are in the market for buying new SUV winter tyres, there are a few things that you should know. When it comes to tyre options, you will find the same types as you can find for normal passenger cars, except that for SUVs you can find better off road tyre options. The first thing to know is that you definitely need winter tyres for your SUV if you plan to drive during winter conditions. SUV summer tyres are not any good during winter conditions. The reason for this is that the rubber compound used in summer tyres has been optimized for warm weather to ensure that you have the best performance during these conditions. This leads to the fact that one the temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius the rubber will become hard and will thus lose a lot of the grip a soft tyre would have.

This is the reason why you should never drive with summer tyres during the winter. You don’t need snow or ice for you to shift to winter tyres, as they perform better than summer tyres already when the summer tyres get hard, i.e. around zero degrees. So you will need to find good winter tyres to mount before the winter arrives. You have as mentioned the same choices, you have SUV studded tyres in the markets where they are allowed, then you have the SUV non-studded tyres and in some markets you have SUV all-weather tyres that can be used all year round. If you need tyres that can handle off road driving  get ones that are aramid reinforced, so that they can sustain side impacts better, in case you hit curbs or potholes.

The tyre choice will strongly depend on where you live, where you drive and how you drive. Generally the studded tyres will provide you with the best grip, especially on ice, but they have the most limitation when it comes where you can drive as they are not allowed in all countries and are only allowed during the winter months. The non-studded can be used anywhere, but should only be used during the summer season, but this is not restricted by legislation. Then you have the all-weather tyres, which are a great compromise between summer and winter tyres and allow you to always be ready to drive and not having to change tyres.

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