Check that your current winter tyres are in good condition

Now when you face winter condition, it is not enough that you managed to change to winter tyres so that you are ready for the winter. You also need to check that the winter tyres are in good condition. The winter conditions are so challenging to drive in, that you definitely need to get the best properties out of your tyres. There are a few key things with tyres, one is that tread has to be more than 4mm, the tyre pressure should be as per recommended by the car’s manual and then the tyre should be free from any cuts or damages caused by the curbs or other sharp objects.

For winter tyres, if you are using studded tyres, you should also check that the studs are still looking good and that you haven’t lost too many. If you are unsure it could be worth driving to a tyre service station to have them check the tyres for you, to see if the tyres are still safe to drive with in winter. Studded tyres create the traction on ice with the studs, where the non-studded tyres use gripping particles and innovations in the tread. However, a non-studded tyre without studs will be worse than a non-studded tyre. When it has all the studs, the studded tyre will have a bit better grip on ice and packed snow.

If the tyres are not in good condition you might be fooling yourself into believing that you have good and safe tyres, while the reality can be quite different. When a service station does the tyre change for you, they will check the tyres before they mount them, if you mounted them yourself you will not get a free evaluation of the tyre condition.

The tyre pressure impacts the rolling resistance, so if you have low tyre pressure you can damage the tyres, but also the rolling resistance will be higher so that the tyre wear will be higher and so will the car’s fuel consumption, so it can get expensive. Your tyres’ performance will also be impacted and if the tyre pressure is too low it can feel that you have a flat tyre. So make checking the tyre pressure a part of your routine, when you anyway stop at the petrol station.

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