Make sure that the tyres can handle the winter

During the winter season, you will need winter tyres. Winter tyres are tyres that are officially approved for winter use. This means that they are built to overcome the challenges that the winter brings. They will provide you with grip and control even in the harshest weather conditions and they will be able to push both snow and slush to the side so that the tyre can remain in contact with the street surface. The rubber compound used is on that will remain soft and agile during low temperatures and will not get hard as summer tyres used during the winter time will.

Summer tyre uses a completely different rubber compound, so that they provide the best performance during the summer temperatures. They will however become hard at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius and should for this reason not be used during the winter season. They will not be able to provide the grip and traction as they are hard and will not be able to adapt to the surface and their tread is not designed to handle snow and ice, so they can’t provide the safety that you need while driving during the winter.

During the winter you have depending on where you live, up to tree different options. If studded tyres are allowed you will have 2 dedicated winter tyres, the studded and the non-studded tyres. These tyres are to be used only during the winter season and will be paired with summer tyres and you change the tyres between the seasons. The winter tyres are already performing better when the temperature hit freezing temperatures. So you should change already when the temperatures drop.

Between studded and non-studded tyres, the studded have better grip on ice, while on snow they are equal. You might not be able to use the studded in all the countries, so you will need to check this. Also if you plan to travel between different countries you will need to keep this in mind and check what is allowed.

For areas that don’t have too much of winters, but you still want to have the safety of winter tyres, the all-weather tyres might be your best option. They act as winter tyres during the winter season and summer tyres during the summer season, so you can forget about the weather forecast you are always ready to drive.

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