Winter driving can be very dangerous if you don’t have the correct winter tyres mounted on your vehicle. To be safe while driving during the winter season requires both a timely change of tyres and that the tyres that you change to are good quality winter tyres that are in good condition.
The correct winter tyres: You will need to make sure that the tyres that you have are winter-approved tyres. The tyres should have the symbol indicating a 3-peak mountain with a snowflake inside it. You can choose either studded or non-studded tyres and dedicated winter tyres or all year round tyres like the all-weather tyres.
There is no excuse for not using winter tyres or winter approved tyres when driving in winter conditions. Not using winter approved tyres jeopardizes both your own and others’ safety and should be avoided. Winter tyres are extremely important and depending on the country, it might even be mandatory to use them. If they are not they should be just like seat belts and airbags are nowadays mandatory in cars. Even if it is mandatory in some countries the quality isn’t discussed, which should be done, as all tyres are not equal.
When you equip your car with high quality winter tyres, you make sure that
the car has the necessary grip and control. You do need to make sure that you
choose the right tyre for the area where you live and drive. You basically have
three different options depending on where you live. In the North you tend to
only have studded and non-studded tyres, in central Europe and part of south,
you have non-studded and all-weather tyres and in some cases also studded tyres
The all-weather and non-studded tyres are both without
studs as compared with the studded tyres that have metal studs protruding from
the tread. The metal studs give these tyres better grip and traction on ice.
These are superior on ice versus the non-studded options. Non-studded tyres
tend to introduce some grip particles in the tread to create the necessary grip
on ice. When it comes to snow and slush it is more down to the tread design,
where both the studded and the non-studded version are both good if they have a
good tread design.
The all-weather tyre is a tyre that can
be used throughout the whole year if they are approved for winter conditions,
while the non-studded winter tyre is to be used during the winter season. This
makes them a dedicated winter tyre that will have better winter properties than
the all-weather tyre, which does have capacity to work in winter conditions and
are much better than having summer tyres, which isn’t a safe option at all. The
all-weather tyres gives you a perfect tyre for area where your winters are not
that tough, but you want to be safe while driving when the winter weather
actually does arrive.
As summer is coming to an end and winter is approaching it is important to start thinking about what you will do next. If you need winter tyres, then you have to start planning on when to change to winter tyres. You also have to assess if you have some winter tyres to change to. Are the ones you used last season still good enough to keep you safe while driving in challenging winter conditions? If not, then you have to start looking for a new set of tyres that have the best properties for your vehicle and for the area you live in and for the conditions that you tend to drive in.
Once you have figured out if you need new tyres or not, then
you should start planning on when you want to mount them on your car. Some
people do the tyre change themselves, which is possible, but it is still
recommended that you let a professional tyre service station do the change for
you. It isn’t only that they have the correct equipment to do it, but they are
also experts on tyres, so they will be able to assess both the tyres they take
off for any defects and they will check the tyres that go on the car so that
you know that the tyres that will be mounted are in good condition. They also
make sure that the rotation is done correctly, they balance the tyres so that
you will have a smooth driving experience and they make sure that the tyre
pressure is correct so that you drive away with tyres that are in good
condition and have the correct tyre pressure.
When it comes to winter tyres, it is important that they are
of high quality. If you need superior grip on ice, buy studded tyres, otherwise choose non-studded tyres, which are more
flexible on the European roads. Check the tread depth on a regular basis, so
that you know when it is time to change the tires for a new set. Without proper
tread depth you will have a longer braking distance, worse grip and traction,
so it is not as safe to drive. You are also more likely to go into
slushplaning, where you lose contact with the road surface and end up without
any control of the vehicle. Best way to avoid this is to have tyres with proper
tread design and depth.
It is easy to understand that winters have some of the hardest driving conditions that you can imagine. Driving in summer is much more easier. The dry road is a perfect condition for almost any type of summer tyres. Tyres’ grip is almost guaranteed unless they have messed up the rubber compound. The design of the tread further enhances the grip and improves the driving properties while minimizing the risk of aquaplaning even in heavy summer rain. I am not saying that all the tyres are same, I’m rather trying to point out that during summers it is more difficult to fail with a tyre to the same extent that you can during the winter season.
Tyres have a
big impact on the safety of a car and even during the summer a high quality
tyre will provide you with better safety than a budget tyre. The braking
distance of a premium tyre will be usually shorter, which can help keep you out
of accidents. The rolling resistance tends to be lower with high quality tyres,
which means that also the fuel consumption will be lower. The tyre wear is also
lower and you have to replace your tyres more seldom. All these factors act in
your favor saving money on the tyres in the long run.
conditions doesn’t have to be that difficult to drive in, but in winter you
need to be extra careful with your tyre choice. You can choose studded winter
tyres with metal studs or you can go for non-studded tyres that rely on other technological
innovations in the tread design and rubber compound to provide the needed grip
on winter roads. Both are great on snowy surfaces, but the studded tyres
perform a bit better on icy surfaces. Both are approved for winter conditions,
so if you have a set of high quality winter approved tyres, you will manage very
well on winter conditions.
the trickiest situation is the summer rain and sudden thunderstorms. You do
need tyres that have a proper tread design to cope with wet surfaces, to be
able to avoid aquaplaning. Most tyres will do ok on dry roads, even though
there are differences, e.g., in terms of braking distances, stability and tyre
The easiest way to improve the driving performance of your SUV is to upgrade the tyres; this will be the easiest way to do it, especially if you didn’t have that good set of tyres before. The tyres play such a key role in the vehicle’s performance, that you need to ensure that you equip your SUV with high quality tyres that are built to last and will improve the driving performance of your SUV.
Tyres have a
lot of key features such as the tyre noise that can impact driving comfort, so
try to select tyres that have low tyre rolling noise. You might even want to
get tyres with the silent sidewall technology that reduces noise even further
through a rubber compound that absorbs the vibration between the tread and the
winter performance by acquiring high quality SUV winter tyres that perform well in real winter
conditions. This can definitely enhance the safety of your already safe SUV. It
will also allow it to perform beautifully on all winter surfaces. You have two
options: you can buy studded or non-studded winter tyres. The studded tyres
tend to be the absolute best when you drive on icy surfaces. For snowy and
slushy conditions, the non-studded tyres will perform just as good.
You tend to
be a bit more flexible with non-studded tyres, as you can use them longer as there are no laws and
regulations for their time of use. Also if you travel to other countries you
will not be as limited. Non-studded tyres tend to have lower rolling noise.
There has been a lot of development in this area, so tyres today tend to be
fairly quiet. Also the new EU tyre label indicates the rolling noise of tyres,
so you can easily check it when you are trying to decide which tyres to buy.
you get from the tyres will enhance the performance of the SUV so that you can
be able to maneuver it more precisely. Good tyres also provide you with great
stability and short braking distance, which can hopefully keep you out of accidents.
Remember to regularly check the tyre pressure, as that impacts the control and
stability as well as the fuel efficiency of the SUV. This can easily be checked
when stopping for fuel.
When you are driving, you can be faced with a lot of different weather conditions that can make your driving more challenging. It can be summer with sunshine and dry roads or summer with wet roads, you can have winter with slush, ice or snow. You can even have wet roads during winter. You can experience hail, heavy rain despite it being winter, heavy slush or tightly packed snow that basically becomes ice. If you don’t have a tyre to tackle these conditions, then they will become a risk factor and jeopardize your safety.
You want to make sure that you have a tyre
that will allow you to drive safely and have the grip you expect, regardless of
the weather and the surface. You will need your steering response and braking
distance to be within reasonable limits. All of this can be achieved with the
correct tyres. However, with the wrong tyres you are putting yourself and others
in jeopardy by trying to drive with tyres that are not made for those
conditions. The worst of course being when trying to drive during wintertime
with tyres that are not approved for winter conditions.
Selecting the right tyre is very important
and not always easy. There are a lot of different options because there are so
many different weather conditions, seasons, performance requirements and
usability for a tyre. If you are faced with both summer and winter conditions,
then you will most likely choose between studded or non-studded
tyres as your winter tyre option and then a summer tyre for the
summer months. You will need to change tyres between summer and winter.
Here it is essential to make the change
early enough before the winter weather arrives so that you are not caught by
surprise, while still having your summer tyres on and having winter conditions
with snow and icy roads. If this is the case, the best is to just avoid to
drive and assess how you can change your tyres without moving your car, or if
there is a possibility to wait for returning warmer weather. The change the
other way around is also important, as driving with winter tyres during
summer conditions increases the wear and can in some instances be illegal. So
once you expect the winter to finally be over, you can initiate the switch.
A winter tyre is a tyre that has been designed with winter in mind. It has been optimized to work at the temperatures that are prevalent during the winter season and for snowy, slushy and icy conditions.
When it has
been designed they use a rubber compound that will remain soft and flexible at
very low temperatures as well as have the tread design that will have good grip
on slippery surfaces.
comprises both studded
tyres, that are only to be used during the winter season and then
non-studded tyres. Most non
studded tyres should only be used during the winter season, but you do have
some all-weather tyres that are approved for winter use, but can also be used in
all other seasons too.
have been approved for winter driving have a symbol on the sidewall, depicting
a snowflake inside a mountaintop with 3 peaks. It is not enough to have the M+S
symbol on the sidewall, as not all M+S symbol tyres are approved for winter
driving. So if you want to drive in winter conditions, make sure that it has
the winter-approved symbol.
For winter tyres you basically have your studded and your non-studded tyres to choose from. Both are good for winter conditions and bear in mind, you don’t need snow to need winter tyres, winter temperatures are enough for the winter tyres to be superior to summer tyres. This is due to the fact that the summer tyres become hard when the temperature drops below 0°C. A hard tyre doesn’t have as good traction, as you need a tyre that can comply with the surface so it can gain traction through the rubber entering all cavities in the road. Without this traction the summer tire will have very bad grip on winter surfaces, even bare tarmac. If then the surface is icy, slushy, wet or icy it is even worse with a hard tyre not having a tread pattern that is designed for winter roads.
If you are looking for the best winter traction, your choice should be a studded
tyre. A studded tyre will give you the best traction on winter
surfaces, especially on ice, where a non-studded tyre is inferior. So if the
weather conditions in your area are more icy than snowy during the winter, then
you should go for a good quality studded tyre. The metal studs that are
incorporated into the tread so that they protrude out of the tyre and are able
to grip into the ice as you drive. They will get you the best stability and
shortest braking distance on icy roads.
studded tyres could be an option if you mainly drive in snowy
conditions. You do have a bit more flexibility with a non-studded tyre as there
are fewer regulations restricting the use of a non-studded tyre. For studded
tyres, regulations will determine when you can start using them and when you
need to have them removed. Also some countries don’t allow them, so if you plan
to drive to another country during the winter, you need to check if you are
allowed to drive with them or if you need to buy a new set of tyres to make the
If you want to make sure that you remain safe when you drive your car in the winter, then ensure that you buy a set of high quality winter tyres. High quality winter tyres will have all the latest features for ensuring optimal grip regardless of what weather and road conditions that you will face. It doesn’t matter if you choose studded tyres or non-studded tyres, they will both be good, as long as the quality is good.
If you face a lot of icy surfaces, it is better to choose a high quality studded tyre though to meet this challenging surface. It will give the best grip as the studs dig into the ice to give you good control of your vehicle.
As with all winter tyres, they should be used during the winter season. They are designed to work during cold temperatures and for the conditions that prevail during this season. The non-studded tyre, which is sometimes referred to as friction tyre, is a tyre that will perform well on any winter surface. If you get a set of high quality non-studded tyres, they will perform as well as studded tyres.
The high quality non-studded tyres have advanced a lot during the last 10 years, with a lot of new developments that give them excellent traction even on icy surfaces. On snow, unless it is tightly packed, the non-studded and the studded tyres have always performed quite equally. The big difference has been on ice. The new non-studded tyres that are of high quality are made of a special rubber compound. This will give them sufficient traction when you accelerate and brake on ice. There is also other revolutionary design modifications in the tread, that act like claws that can grip the ice. So no, regardless of what winter surface that you will drive on, you can drive safely with a non-studded tyre.