Check your tread depth of your SUV summer tyres

SUVs are great and safe vehicles, but only as safe as the quality of your tires. Tread depth of the tyre is important to ensure that you have the key properties intact. When you go below the threshold value of 4 mm depth, you lose a lot of the key properties. These include braking distance, grip and ability to prevent aquaplaning. This is why it is important that you check your tread depth and preferably also monitor the progress. The easiest way to measure the depth, is to push a coin into the tread and measure how far in you were able to push it. If there is a big difference between the front and the rear tyres in terms of depth, then you should rotate the position so that you can even out the wear.

When you go below 4 mm you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tires, so you can continue to drive safely. You should always purchase a set of 4 new tyres. If you only change 2, then you will have uneven grip between the front and the rear of the SUV, and it will cause the SUV to over or under steer. It’s also important to rotate the tyres so you can ensure that your tyres will wear out evenly.

For hybrid SUVs, as they are heavier they will exhibit a higher degree of wear, so it is even more important that you check the tread depth and also make sure that when you purchase the tyres that you get a set that is designed for hybrid SUVs.

For improved safety, you need to have good tyres and you need to make sure that you maintain and rotate them so that they will last a long time. An important part of your maintenance is visual inspection of the tyres to check that there are no cuts or cracks. You will need to check the tyre pressure, to make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure as indicated in the owner’s manual. Low pressure will lead to higher tyre wear and also contribute to higher fuel consumption.

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Make sure to get a good set of SUV summer tyres

The good thing with buying an SUV instead of smaller passenger cars is that they have better safety statistics. However, safety depends a lot on the tyres that you have on your vehicle. SUVs that are bigger and heavier than normal cars, need to have specific SUV tyres. When you buy your new SUV summer tires, there are a few things that you will need to consider. Some of them are listed on the EU tyre label and they include rolling resistance, wet grip and  rolling noise.

There are though others that should be included and that is how well the tires are able to prevent aquaplaning and how good they are in terms of stability and control. The first three are easy as they are indicated on the tyre label so it is easy to compare between the tyres how well they perform versus the other tyres. When it comes to aquaplaning properties, you tend to have to read about the tyres or see how they perform in tests done by car magazines. For the stability and control, you will need to test drive to see how well they perform on the road and preferably mounted on a similar car as you have.

Selecting a low rolling resistance gives you better fuel efficiency, so this will save you money as you drive. The rolling noise impacts the driving comfort, while the wet grip will impact how quickly you can get your SUV to a full stop if you need to stop quickly. This is important from a safety point of view as you can often avoid accidents if you can get your SUV to stop quickly.

It is important to know that the SUV summer tyres should only be used during plus degrees, once you go below zero degrees the tyres become hard and inflexible and will not be able to provide you with the grip that you will need for safe driving. This is why it is important to change to SUV winter tyres or SUV all-weather tires once the winter season approaches and the temperature drops below zero degrees. It is not necessary that you have winter conditions like snow, ice or slush for it to be dangerous to drive; it is enough if the temperature drops.

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