Using The EU Tyre Label For A Tyre Choice

The EU tyre label has been put in place to simplify the tyre decision, as it makes it easier to compare tyres. The tyre label gives you 3 performance indicators so that you can compare the tyres and how they perform on these.

You have the rolling resistance, which indicates the energy that is consumed by the transformation during the road contact of a tyre. The rolling resistance can be correlated to how much extra fuel the resistance will cause. A low rolling resistance will consume less fuel than a high rolling resistance.

There is no reason whatsoever to select a tyre that has a high rolling resistance. It will consume more fuel and generate also more carbon dioxide emissions.

Then you have wet grip, which shows the braking distance on a wet surface. The quicker you can stop, the more likely you are to avoid accidents. Wet grip is an important safety aspect of a summer tyre. So you should always try to select a tyre that has good wet grip rating. This is of course more indicated for summer tyres and can’t be directly translated to any winter properties.

Finally you have tyre noise, which is the sound level that the tyre reaches when it is rolling. This can impact your driving comfort and more so if you have a hybrid car or an electric car, as they tend to be quieter. Here again there is no reason to select a noisy tyre.

So by selecting a tyre that has low rolling resistance, good wet grip and low tyre noise, you have generally selected a good tyre.

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Leaving On Time Makes The Driving Safer

We can all remember situations where we have been in a big hurry to get from one destination to another. We can all agree that the driving is less than optimal at these times. Some people have a habit of always being late and finding themselves in these situations more often than the others. The problem when you are late is that you tend to cut corners and increase speed to make up the time. You stress and tend to stress also other drivers, by not keeping your distance between the cars, which puts more significance on your reaction time and the braking distance of your tyres.

Whether you leave on time or you leave late, stress should be avoided when driving. Driving should be cautious and you should also anticipate the move of other drivers so that you can prepare for what actions you might have to take.

For all driving conditions, you will need to have good tyres on your vehicle. Both your summer tyres and your winter tyres should be of high quality and if you instead opt for choosing an all-weather tyre, then make sure that it is approved for winter conditions, so that you can safely drive all year round with the same set of tyres. The braking distance of the tyres is very important both if you are driving stressed or if you drive cautiously, as a short braking distance will help keep you out of accidents. You can compare tyres based on the EU tyre labels that will highlight the tyres’ ability to stop on wet surfaces by displaying the wet grip of the tyre. The EU label simplifies the buying of tyres a bit as it makes it easy to compare tyres and make a well-informed decision.

On the tyre label there is also highlighted the rolling resistance and the rolling noise from the tyre. These will give you an indication of the fuel efficiency of the tyre and the expected noise level in the coupe when driving. Both should be kept at a low level to ensure that you have an economical and quiet tyre.

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Hybrid SUV Have Become Increasingly Popular

Hybrid vehicles are great as you combine both the versatility of a combustion engine with the cleaner and cheaper energy of an electrical car. The batteries can be charged while you use the combustion engine to power the vehicle. The seamless transition between the electrical motor and the combustion engine has made these SUVs vey attractive. Lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are a major contributor to the popularity of a hybrid SUV.

To make sure that you keep the costs down, you also need to put some high quality SUV summer tyres on it or then SUV all-weather tyres. You should check to make sure that they are wear resistant tyres with low rolling resistance. The tyres wear a bit quicker for the hybrid SUVs due to the extra weight of the battery packs. If you don’t consider this extra weigh and choose a cheaper tyre, you might end up with costly tyre expenses, as you will have to change tyres very often.

Rotation of the tyres becomes important so it is good to steadily monitor the tread depth of the tyres and if there is a big difference between front tyres and rear tyres. When there is a difference of 2 millimeters or more, then you should rotate the tyres. With proper rotation you should be able to extend the life of your tyres significantly.

In addition to having a safe car with low fuel consumption, you should also make sure to check the tyre pressure. A low tyre pressure can be damaging to the tyres, due to the high weight. So it should be checked to see that you are in the correct level that the owner’s manual recommends. With low tyre pressure also comes increased wear, which we have already mentioned could be a problem. You also have a higher rolling resistance, which means that you get shorter distance with both the fuel and the battery power than you had planned. So make sure to keep them tyres properly inflated.

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Make sure that your SUV is as safe as you believe

All the safety reports indicate that the SUVs are safer than normal passenger cars. Statistics show that more people who are in accidents with an SUV survive without major injuries compared to passenger cars. For the SUV to be as safe as possible, you will need to have high-quality SUV tyres. Preferably a set of SUV summer tyres and a set of SUV winter tyres, if you experience any winter. You might also get by with an SUV all-weather tyre if you don’t have severe winters, but not hot summer weather all year round either.

If you don’t have good tyres on your SUV, the likelihood to be in an accident increases, so even if your SUV is safer, it’s not as safe as on premium tyres. Accidents are often caused because you don’t manage to stop your SUV in time to avoid an accident. This is when good quality tyres with sufficient tread depth will save you by providing a shorter braking distance.

It is important to check your tread depth to ensure that you have more than 4 mm remaining depth. It is easy to measure by inserting a coin into the groove and measure how far you were able to insert the coin. You should measure more frequently as you are approaching the 4 mm level. If you don’t change tyres between the seasons, then it is more important to check on a regular basis and also check if there are big differences between the rear and the front tyres. If you notice a big difference, you should rotate the tyres so that the front tyres end up in the rear. This will even out the wear and will make your tyres last longer.

When you purchase new tyres, you want to purchase all 4 new tyres at the same time, since having different grip around the car will destabilize the car’s driving ability and make it more difficult to control and maneuver and you can easily lose control when you take sharp corners. The SUV will start to over or under steer. To avoid having to purchase less than 4 new tyres, you should make sure that you manage the rotation of the tyres.

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Electric cars will need good tyres to avoid accidents

Tyres are very important when it comes to avoiding accidents. A set of high quality tyres on an electric car or a hybrid car, will ensure that you have better stability and control over your vehicle.  It will also ensure that your braking distance is as short as possible, helping you to prevent accidents. Without proper high quality tyres you are more likely to be in accidents and one of them could be serious. This goes both for your summer tyres and for your winter tyres. In winters it is even more important to have proper tyres that can manage the tricky winter conditions. For summer tyres you also need good quality tyres to manage curvy roads, quick stops and avoiding aquaplaning during the thunderstorms.

Proper tyre maintenance is needed to ensure that your tyres are in good condition. This includes regular check-ups; cautious driving and that avoid hitting curbs. Potholes should also be avoided especially at high speeds. You also need to make sure that you keep the tyres properly inflated. If the Tyres are not properly inflated they will wear out faster and if the pressure is very low you can also damage the sidewalls of the tyre. Under-inflated tyres will also cause your vehicle to consume more fuel while driving, so you will need to stop at the petrol station more frequently. Nobody wants to waste money on fuel and more frequent tyre replacements not to talk about excessive CO2 emissions, so make sure that your tyres are properly inflated. Over-inflated tyres will have worse grip and you will wear out the center part of the tread prematurely.

For electric cars, due to the higher weight caused by the battery packs,  it is important to also monitor the tread depth of the tyres, as low tread depth decreases the key properties of the tyres such as grip, control and the ability to avoid aquaplaning. You need to have more than 4 mm tread depth to be safe when driving. Make sure to rotate the position of your tyres between each tyre change, so that they will wear out evenly. You always want to purchase 4 new tyres and not less, as you want to make sure that all tyres have the same grip on all positions around the car.

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Driving Safety During Torrential Rain

Numerous accidents have been reported due to aquaplaning this last week. They tend to happen during and after heavy rain, when the water piles up on the road surface. This increases the risk for aquaplaning. When a car aquaplanes and loses control, the risk for accidents are high and the results can be quite severe if the speed is high. The risk will increase if the tyres are worn out, so that they have very limited tread pattern and tread depth.

As it is mainly summer tyres or all-weather tyres that face heavy rain, as rain is more limited during winters, it is important to assess if your tyres are good at preventing aquaplaning or not. There has been a row of improvements done to tyres to better be able to prevent aquaplaning; there has also been some recent inventions by some of the tyre manufactures that further reduce the risk of experiencing it. This definitely adds another degree of safety, as accidents due to aquaplaning are very frequent when it rains during the summer.

The best way to avoid aquaplaning is to have good quality tyres in good condition, that are good at preventing aquaplaning with improved tread patterns and polished grooves to speed up the flow of water away from the surface. As long as the tread is in contact with the road surface, you will have control over your vehicle. If you lose the contact, you lose control and will glide on top of the water layer.  It is this lack of control that causes accidents, when cars hit the barriers and spin out of control. Speed will also impact the likelihood of losing control, as the higher the speed, the less time the tyre has to remove the water from the surface area. This is why it is always recommended to lower the speed during very heavy rain. This is also the way that you escape aquaplaning, that when the control is lost, the speed will diminish automatically and you will regain contact again. If you haven’t completely lost control over the vehicle, the tyres will regain contact and the control is re-established. So even if it is scary even if there is no accident, it is often a very short loss of control.

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Lowering Your Monthly Car Costs

There are a few ways to lower the monthly costs that you have for your car.  Your main costs tend to come from the fuel costs, where the regular visits to the petrol station can be quite expensive with today’s high petrol prices.

If you then also split your service costs and the tyre costs on a monthly basis and combine that with the insurance costs, you should have your monthly costs. Here are some ways that you might be able to reduce some of them:

Economical driving can save you a lot of fuel. A smooth driving style versus an aggressive style will save you money on fuel.

Make sure that both your summer tyres and your winter tyres are of high quality.

Make sure that you buy tyres with a low rolling resistance, so that the fuel consumption will be low.

Use tyres where the tyre wear is low, so that your tyres will last as long as possible.

Make sure that you have the correct inflation pressure in your tyres so that the rolling resistance doesn’t increase, causing your car to consumer more fuel than it should.

Make sure that you have the correct inflation pressure in your tyres so that the wear doesn’t increase, causing your tyres to wear out prematurely.

Drive cautiously to avoid accidents that might push your insurance premiums higher.

If you follow most of these you will see that your monthly costs will decrease over time. In the end, the savings can be substantial even though it sounds like they would be quite small. In addition to saving costs, you will increase your safety while driving, which then further should reduce your insurance costs for further monthly savings.

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Rotation Of Tyres On Your SUV

Rotation of tyres is done to ensure that all the tyres on the vehicle will wear evenly. If you drive with SUV All-weather tyres, then you will most likely use the same tyres all year long. All-weather tyres can handle most weather conditions. If they are approved for winter conditions and have the winter approved symbol, the 3PMSF-symbol on the sidewall, they will also be able to give your vehicle good grip on snow and ice.

When you have different grip between the tyres on the front axle and rear axle, your vehicle will not behave, as you would expect. It will over or under steer depending on where you have the best grip. To avoid this happening you will have to rotate the tyres to even out the wear, so that the wear will be approximately the same. The rotation should be done when there is a 2-3 mm difference between the front and rear tyre. The wear should be even between the left and right side. If there is some abnormalities with the tyre wear, you should visit a tyre service station to assess what the cause of the problem is.

When you rotate, you change the right front tyre to the right rear position and the same on the left side. You would expect to do this 1-2 times per year depending on how much you drive. It is quickly done and a tyre service station can have it done in very short time. You just need to check the tread depth to figure out when you will need to do the rotation. Checking tread depth is easy and can be done while you check the tyre pressure.

Inspection of the condition of the tyres should be done at least every month and preferably every time you stop at the petrol station to fill up the SUV. A visual inspection is quickly done, just to assess if there are visual damages to the tyre. Checking the tyre pressure should be done at least monthly. Wrong tyre pressure can impact your safety and affect the fuel consumption. Having to replace your tyres prematurely and having to stop for fuel more often can get expensive. It is an easy thing to check.

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Do I Need Special SUV Tyres For My SUV?

Yes, SUVs need a bigger dimension tyre. They also need tyres that are specially designed for the weight of a SUV. They will have a higher load capacity than a passenger car tyre. You will also need SUV winter tyres if you have winter conditions present during the year. It is not safe to drive with SUV tyres that are not approved for winter conditions, even though they might look rugged enough to handle winter weather. The rubber compound in the winter tyre, for example,  is different than in the summer tyre and it remains soft and flexible even at low temperatures, where a summer tyre will become hard and stiff. In winter,  a summer tyre cannot provide the necessary traction that you need to be able to drive and stop your vehicle.

Good tyres can improve the performance of your SUV. If you have a sporty SUV with a lot of power under the hood, you should get matching tyres for it. High performing tyres that are good at high speed will give you the optimal control over your vehicle. Choose tyres that allow your SUV to be very responsive even at high speeds and will have a short braking distance in case you need to get your SUV to a halt. Good high quality SUV summer tyres will be able to handle wet roads better than cheaper low quality tyres. They can help prevent aquaplaning through innovations that can better move the water away from the surface to ensure that the tyre will remain in contact with the road surface. If contact is lost, the tyre will float on top of the water layer and you will lose all the control over the vehicle. Aquaplaning is very dangerous and can lead to accidents, so it is important to consider this when you select SUV summer tyres.

Cheap low quality tyres wear faster and usually have a higher rolling resistance, which will increase your fuel bills. Both these factors will increase your overall costs of owning your SUV. You can though have similar effect if you have good tyres with wrong air pressure in them. It is important to monitor the tyre pressure regularly as it impacts the driving performance and can add costs to your driving in terms of fuel and shorter tire life.

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SUV Summer Tyres Will Add Performance During The Summer

If you are driving an SUV, you belong to the group of drivers that has a very safe vehicle. To ensure that the vehicle will live up to the expected safety, you will need to make sure that you have safe tyres. Tyres are key to providing safety to vehicles, as with bad tyres you will be much more likely to be in an accident. This is why tyre selection is very important. There are numerous tyres available in the tyre shop.

Key to good tyre selection is to not be in a hurry. The likelihood that you will find the best tyre in 5 minutes, when walking into a tyre shop, is not very high. Due to the importance of the tyres, it is very irresponsible to devote so little time for a very important safety feature. When buying tyres, it is important to look beyond the price tag. When you have an SUV, you need special SUV tyres. Not every tire manufacturer produces SUV tyres, but most do. If you aim to drive during mainly summer conditions, getting a set of SUV summer tyres will definitely give you the best performance out of your tyres and your SUV.

It is always important to check the condition of your tyres. In addition to the visual check, you also need to check the tread depth on a regular basis to ensure that you have enough tread depth in your tyres. Low tread depth leads to longer braking distance and worse grip that can lead to skidding. Then you need to make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure for your tyres. Check the owner’s manual to see what the correct pressure should be in your car. Measure the pressure when the tyres are cold. Getting tyres that are good for wet conditions will make you safer when you drive on wet roads, especially when it is raining and the chance for aquaplaning is at the highest. Select a tyre that has several innovations for preventing aquaplaning for optimal safety.

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