Since the winter season can cause some really tricky weather to drive in, you should take time to make sure that you get the best possible tyres that can keep you safe while you drive. It is important to choose a tyre from the premium tyre manufacturer, that has good experience in producing good quality winter tyres. Choosing a manufacturer that is from one of the real winter countries like the Nordics is good starting point. They will have the experience from making tyres that will keep you safe in real winter conditions.
What you will need is a good set of winter tyres that can provide you
with the necessary grip. This is true regardless of what vehicle that you have.
All the vehicles will need winter tyres if they aim to travel safely during
winter conditions. In some countries this will also be mandatory. So you will
need to check what are the regulations applicable in your country, as it varies
from country to country. This can make travelling between the countries a bit
challenging. If you have studded tyres as your winter tyre option, you may not
travel to all the countries. If you plan to drive through for example Germany, then
you will need to make sure that you don’t have studded tyres, as it can be a
costly mistake as if you are stopped by the police with studded tyres. Here you
should make sure that you have non-studded tyres that are winter
approved before you enter Germany.
The best place to buy new tyres is from a well-assorted tyre
service station, where they have a wide selection and they can change the tyres
for you as well. You should always buy new tyres when the tread depth reaches 4
mm. Search the web for winter tyres and also look into independent tyre tests
done by car magazines, as there you will get a good indication what tyre brands
are good. Some of the tests are not directly applicable to your area and
driving conditions; so you will need to search a bit further to verify that
they tyres are good for your car and your conditions.
Selecting winter tyres is not always that straight forward. You need to make sure that you select tyres that are made for the vehicle in question. Tyres come in several dimensions and profiles, so you will need to make sure that you purchase ones that are suitable for your car. You can check the sidewall of your current tyres and write down the alphanumeric characters that you find there, or you can check the car’s manual. In addition to the dimension, your driving style and any other special circumstances can change the requirements that you need for your winter tyres.
Factors that can impact the tyre selection include how you
use the vehicle, recreational driving, for daily needs or for work deliveries
and if you use it for deliveries, does this include heavy loads? You will need
special tyres if you aim to constantly carry heavy loads, also if you drive
high speeds, as they will need a high-speed rating. Electrical and hybrid cars
are inherently more heavy than gasoline vehicles as the battery packs are heavy
and you need quite many of them. So make sure that the tyres for these vehicles
are ok with the heavier vehicles and that they are more wear resistant.
Depending on the type of your vehicle you also need special
tyres, so the tyre will differ if you have a passenger car, an SUV or a
van/light truck. They all need winter tyres to drive in winter conditions.
Getting a heavy vehicle to a full stop in slippery conditions is even more
difficult, so it does require very good winter grip. The tyres that should be
used should be winter approved, having a 3 peak mountain with snow flake symbol
on the sidewall indicating that it has passed the requirements for a real
If you have proper winter weather during the winter season,
to such a degree that you want to have specific tyres during that season, you will
have to choose between studded
tyres and non-studded
tyres. They both provide good winter grip, however, the studded are
better on ice, while they do have some limitations when it comes to the time
period that you can use them as well as they are not allowed in all the
countries or on all the roads. So it is important that you check this before
purchasing them or driving to another country.
Driving with winter tyres during the winter season is a lifesaver. Winter tyres provide the safety in terms of giving you the ability to stay on the road and avoid accidents. A car is only as safe as its tyres, where if you don’t have top quality tyres, you might be increasing your risk of being in an accident. So it is important that you choose tyres wisely when it comes to winter tyres, as they have to be able to get you through safely when driving in snow, ice and slush.
When you drive without proper tyres
during winter conditions you will put yourself in danger as you will not have
sufficient grip, so the likelihood of skidding or not having the necessary
braking distance to keep yourself out of an accident. You need to have the
specific rubber compound that remains soft and agile during the low winter
temperatures. You also need the tread design that can handle snow, ice and
If you choose studded tyres, then you will have
metal studs to provide extra good grip on ice. For the non-studded tyres, they
use innovative design solutions to provide grip on ice. Both tyre options will
operate well in harsh winter conditions, as long as you have them on when the
winter weather arrives. Select the tyre choice that is most appropriate for the
weather conditions that you most often face during the winter. If you have more
icy conditions and want to ensure that you have the best possible grip then the
studded tyres are your best option. If you more prefer the non-studded tyres
and the flexibility it gives, then that is the option for you.
Tyre maintenance is important too, to keep the tyres in good
condition. You will need to make sure that they are not worn out; so that they
have a tread depth not less than 4 mm and that the wear is even within each
tyre. Making sure that the tyres are free from any damages due to curbs or
potholes is important to also observe. Then you will need to make sure that the
tyre pressure is correct and that you haven’t overloaded your car. Correct tyre
pressure also makes your tyres last longer and make sure that the car consumes
Winter tyre options are mostly dependent on where you live and how you use your car. In addition what type of a vehicle you have matters. It is important that if you have winter conditions where you live or where you plan to drive, that you have tyres that are designed for those conditions. It can be very dangerous to drive with tyres that are not designed for winter use. So when you plan to drive in winter conditions, make sure that the tyres are approved for winter conditions. They should have a symbol on the sidewall of the tyre with a 3 Peak Mountain with a Snow Flake symbol inside the mountain. It is often referred to as the 3PMSF symbol. This is the proper winter symbol. The M+S indicating mud and snow is not sufficient for safe driving during winter conditions.
When you select winter tyres, you have basically
two different types of dedicated winter tyres, meaning that they are to be used
only during the winter season and have to be changed to summer tyres for
driving during the other seasons. One is the studded tyre, that has metal studs
protruding from the tread to give you good grip on ice and has specially
designed tread to provide the best performance on snow and slush. Then you have
non-studded tyres, which have similar tread design for snow and ice and have
then incorporated features for improving the grip on icy surfaces, so that they
can compete with the studs. Both these will be safe options for driving during
the winter season. It is important to invest in good quality tyres and to make
sure that they are mounted on your vehicle during the whole time that you have
winter conditions when you drive.
You have also a third option for areas where the winters are
not that prevalent or that harsh, that is the all-weather tyres that if they
are winter approved will work fine in winter conditions. They can also be used
all year round, so that you are always ready to drive regardless of current or
approaching weather. The last thing that you will need to ensure is that you
have special tyres for SUVs, electric or hybrid cars, check that they are
designed for that purpose.
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
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.
Some people enjoy taking the car when the go on winter
vacation. Most people want to go skiing and then it is easy as you can easily
pack the car full with ski equipment. The ski boxes on top of the car have made
it easy to store the skis and the rest of the equipment can go in the trunk.
Before setting of on your vacation it is good to plan. Plan
the route you want to drive to get to the end destination. Call your insurance
company to ensure that you have all papers and you are covered all along the
Check the condition of your tyres. If the tread depth is below or close to 4mm, it is recommended to
change the tyres before trip, so you can drive safely and without problems
along the way.
If you have studded
tyres, you will need to check if they are allowed in all the countries you
might drive through if you plan to go abroad. Non-studded tyres should be ok.
You will need to have an extensive emergency kit in the car
with a reflective vest, warning triangle, flashlight, first aid kit and some
Check also the weather forecast and then once you are all
packed up and ready to go, stop at a petrol station and check the tyre
pressure, to make sure it is in line with the car manual. Low tyre pressure can
cause your trip to become more expensive due to higher fuel bills and you will
also wear out your tyres quicker.
Make sure to fill up the windshield washer fluid and change
the wiper blades if needed to ensure good visibility.
Staying safe while driving is a combination of a few things: having a safe car, having good quality winter tyres and driving safely. The first one can be difficult to change if you already have made your decision and you have purchased a car. The second one is very important and you need to make sure that you have a good tyre that is tested and approved for winter conditions. All the winter tyres that are tested and approved will have a symbol of a three-peak mountain with a snowflake inside it, commonly referred to as the 3PMSF symbol. If your tyres don’t have this symbol you shouldn’t be driving in winter conditions. It is that easy. You need to immediately get proper tyres if you want to drive in winter weather.
The choice of what tyre to select will
depend on where you live and what weather you tend to experience throughout the
year. You can basically categorize it into:
Mild to moderate winters
You live in an area that doesn’t always get
winter weather and if there is some, it will not be much and not for long
periods of time. Here your tyre choice can be an all-weather tyre, which would
allow you to also drive during the summers. It also allows you to always be
ready to drive regardless of weather conditions. If you are ok with changing a non-studded winter
tyre is then your best option.
Moderate winters to proper winter
Here you will for sure have winters, but
they are not the harshest conditions. You will have snow and ice during the
season. Here the non-studded winter tyres can be a good option. Studded winter tyres
can also be used if there are no restrictions of their use.
Harsh winter conditions
When you have real winter with lots of snow
and ice that carries on for most of the winter season, you will also face the harshest
winter conditions. Studded
tyres will always give you the best grip on ice,
so this is your best option for these conditions. The non-studded tyres can
also be a good option, especially if you experience a lot of snow.
Regardless of your tyre option that you
combine with your car, you will also need to drive safely. Speed should be
adjusted to the conditions that prevail. Even the best car and the best tyres
can keep you out of an accident if you are a reckless driver.
When people buy cars they put a lot of emphasis on the car selection and on every accessory and engine size, while the tyre selection gets less attention. It feels like the color of the car gets more emphasis in the selection process than the tyres. This must mean that most people don’t really understand the significance of the tyres in the cars performance and safety.
vehicle doesn’t have good tyres, then the grip will not be optimal and you will
not have the optimal acceleration. For high speeds you also need to ensure that
you have a high quality tyre with a high-speed rating.
to have good control and stability when you drive is to high degree controlled
by the tyres and what grip and control they can give you. The tread design is
optimized to give you the best control and stability during different
distance, car noise and fuel efficiency
With the new
EU tyre label these factors are now marked on tyres for easy comparison, so it
is easy to see that these factors vary a lot between tyres and directly impact
the cars performance and driving comfort. With the braking distance you have a
clear safety aspect, as getting the car to stop quickly can save you from accidents.
to drive on snow, ice and slush
that you have mounted on your vehicle directly control your ability to drive in
winter conditions. If you have the wrong tyres, it matters little how good your
vehicle is. You will need tyres that are approved for winter conditions. A
proper set of winter tyres is your best option to cope with snow and slush and
if you go for studded tyres, then you have the best condition to
also face icy conditions.
If you want
to ensure that you have a safe car that has the performance that you paid for,
you need to make sure that you select carefully the best tyres for your vehicle. So next
time make sure that you make a more conscious decision regarding the tyre and
put more time on this than selecting the color of the vehicle. Selecting a tyre
with low rolling resistance will certainly save you any extra investment made
in high quality tyres.
The accident statistics have been turning up figures that SUVs are much safer than a normal passenger car. Figures of being 50% more likely to survive a car crash without serious injuries are quite compelling and will for sure continue to drive the SUV sales even higher regardless if you have a need for a vehicle that is built for more than just city traffic of highway driving.
that the SUV is even safer, you should always equip the SUV with a good set of
matching tyres. Tyres that match the conditions that you plan to drive in. If
you plan to drive a lot off-road, you should make sure to get SUV tyres that
have been designed for this, off-road tyres tend to be more durable and offer
aramid-reinforced sidewalls to ensure that you don’t get punctures from sharp
rocks. For highway and city driving, there are also perfect tyre choices.
important thing from a safety perspective, as tyres in an integral part of the
SUVs safety functions, is to ensure that you have the best possible tyre for any
type of winter weather that you might experience during your driving. If you
mainly drive in areas where you have real winter weather for a lengthy period
of the year, you will want to have dedicated winter tyres. An SUV studded tyres
or a SUV non-studded tyre are both excellent winter tyres that behave well
during challenging winter conditions. The studded ones tend to do better on icy
surfaces, such as icy roads or tightly packed snow that gets an icy surface.
If you tend
to have lighter winters, you might want to select an SUV all weather tyres, which means that your SUV is safe
to drive all around the year, regardless of what weather you will experience
when you get into your vehicle to drive.
definitely have enough tyre options to ensure that you can drive safely and to
keep the ones in your SUV safe as well as the ones around you, as you are maneuvering
an SUV with perfect grip and control. The key is to choose wisely and get a
high quality tyre that your SUV deserves, you will feel the difference and you
drive, since you will have perfect grip and control.