Be careful with the heavy autumn rain

Driving during autumn can be a beautiful experience as it can be very colorful with the changing colors of the leaves. You are however moving from some of the easiest driving conditions with dry and clean tarmac surfaces and heading into more unstable weathers and potentially even snow and ice. The weather before the winter arrives can also be challenging as you will have both temperature drops, decreasing visibility due to shorter days and longer nights and a lot of unstable weather. Rain will increase and the heavy autumn rain can easily cause aquaplaning. The risk for aquaplaning increases if you have bad tyres, tyres that are approaching the worn out state.

It is not advisable to wait with buying a new set of tyres, especially not as you are heading into more challenging driving conditions. As soon as you reach 4 mm of tread depth it is time to change the tyres to a new set. You have much worse properties once you go below this threshold. Your braking distance will be prolonged making it more likely to be in an accident. Your also have a higher likelihood of aquaplaning. This turns the autumn into dangerous driving territory. So even if you plan to change to winter tyres in a few weeks, you should already now buy a new set of summer tyres, so that you can keep your cars out of accidents and you will also start next summer season with almost a brand new set of tyres.

Summer tyres are designed for both dry and wet roads, so the rain shouldn’t cause you that much problems if you have good quality tyres and that they are in good condition. You should though always adjust your driving according to the weather conditions and make sure that you reduce your speed accordingly. You reduce your chance for aquaplaning when the speed is reduced. You should also monitor the temperature and make sure to change to winter tyres early enough. The winter tyres are better than summer tyres when the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius.

So make sure that you always have good quality tyres that are in good condition. This will improve your safety regardless of what season you drive in. Remember to also change to winter tyres before the winter weather arrives and respect the heavy rain as it can lead to aquaplaning.

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Which winter tyres should you buy and where should you buy them?

 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.

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How to select winter tyres to your vehicle

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 winter tyre.

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.

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German winter roads and the best tyres for it

Driving in Germany during the winter require that you have adequate tyres for the weather conditions. You are however not allowed to use studded tyres in Germany. Even if you are just travelling across Germany to get to another country, you are not allowed to do so if you have winter tyres with studs. This can of course cause some problems when travelling between two countries that allow it, if you need to cross through Germany to get to the other country. In Germany you should have winter tyres without studs when you have winter conditions. If you are stopped with studded tyres, you will be fined and prohibited to continue driving until you have changed your tyres.

If you don’t have snow or ice, you can manage with summer tyres according to the legislation. It is however always safer to change to tyres that are designed for winter as soon as the temperature drops below zero degrees. In Germany this gives you basically two options for safe driving. One is to change your summer tyres to winter tyres as the cold weather is approaching and then change back at the end of the cold season.

The other option is to go for an all-weather tyre that can be used both during the summer and the winter. This gives you the freedom to drive safely everyday regardless of weather. This is perfect for your family car where you want to have the optimal safety whenever you are driving. You might however not want to put these on your sports car, or if you do you probably want to change then during the summer to a high performance summer tyre to get the most out of your sports car in terms of performance. If you don’t drive your sports car during the winter or if you are ok with not driving it when the weather is bad, then you can just keep the summer tyres on it.

If you are in areas with a lot of snow and a longer winter season, then it is always better to change between summer and winter tyres to make sure that you have the best performance during both the winter and summer season. Tyres are so important for the driving safety that it is always best to have the optimal tyre option mounted on your car.

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The correct tyre choice can keep you out of accidents

Driving safety is a lot about having tyres that are in good condition and the right ones for your vehicle. The right tyres mean that they are  the right tyres for the season or conditions that you plan to drive in. The car will work regardless of temperature, while the tyres need to be matched. They do not only have to be matched to the right season, but also a very fast car, you will need high speed tyres and if you carry heavy loads, you will need high load tyres. You even need to make sure that if you have an electrical or hybrid car that they tyres are good for use on these heavier vehicles that also provide a higher torque.

Once you matched the right tyre and dimension for your vehicle, then it is time to make sure that they are the right ones for the weather conditions in your area. It tends to be so that the further north you live the higher the demand is for seasonal winter tyres, while the further south you go, at least in Europe, the need is diminishing to even have areas where there is no need for winter tyres, as there is no snowy conditions during the winter season of the year. So you can manage with just summer tyres.

If you need winter tyres, then if you need them for the whole winter season, you should get separate sets for the summer and for the winter. This will give you the best performance during the year, without any compromises. You will have the best possible grip on dry roads during the summer and they will also be able to perfectly handle heavy summer rain. Then when the winter approaches you change to winter tyres and will have the best performance during the cold temperatures as well as on snowy roads. If you hit icy patches or pure ice, the tyres will provide you with good grip. They can even handle the tricky slushy conditions.

If you don’t want to change tyres between the seasons and the winters are not so long nor predictable, then the all-weather tyres might be the best choice for you. They might be a bit of a compromise in terms of performance, but in terms of safety they can handle both summers and winters if they are winter approved.For more information regarding summer and winter tyres, visit:

If you haven’t changed to winter tyres yet, you could soon be in danger

As the winter is approaching, you will need to have a plan for when you will change to winter tyres. It shouldn’t be an arbitrary decision, but rather a planned decision, based on historical data of when the winter weather tends to arrive combined with weather forecasts. If you are not sure, you should make sure to change tyres a few weeks early, as an early change is to prefer versus a late change. Remember that you do the timely change from a safety perspective, so that you will have the winter tyres on your car before the snow arrives.

It is important to remember why you change to winter tyres. It is all due to the fact that you need a tyre that can provide you with safe and reliable driving in winter conditions. Winter tyres have been designed to be driven in cold conditions and on winter surfaces such as snow and ice. They can even manage slush, which can be very tricky driving conditions. It is even very difficult to walk through slush. If the tread of the tyres are not designed to handle slush, you might lose contact with the road and experience slushplaning.

If the tyres are not designed for winter surfaces, the tyres will not be able to handle slippery surfaces such as snow and ice, which require very good grip. Both studded and non-studded tyres can manage to generate friction and thus grip. The studded tyres use metal studs to generate good grip on ice and on snow the tread pattern will determine how well they will perform on snow.

When it comes to non-studded tyres, they use friction particles like cryo crystal grip particles that will protrude from the tread. This will give it good grip on ice without having to have metal studs. On snow it is same as the studded that they will rely on the tread pattern to create the optimal performance both when it comes to grip and traction on snow.

The studded tyres are better on ice, but they come with more regulations in terms of use. They are often limited to the time period that they can be used and they are not allowed in all the countries, so that will limit your mobility if you plan to travel between countries.For more information regarding winter tyres, visit:

Don’t wait too long with the tyre change

The saying that timing is everything, has a lot of value when it comes to proper timing of changing tyres from summer to winter tyres. Summer tyres are great during the summer, but when the winter arrives the summer tyres have very little to contribute with when it comes to performance. Without proper grip, your vehicle will not be able to accelerate or brake as it is intended, as your tyres will most likely skid. This is why the timing of the change will become very important, so that you have your winter tyres already on your car before the winter arrives.

The winter starts already when the temperatures drop below zero and this is when the summer tyres will have worse performance than the winter tyres. Winter tyres are designed for cold temperatures and have additives that will make the rubber flexible even at very low temperatures. These additives are not present in summer tyres as it is outside of their intended use. They also don’t have a tread design that is optimized for snow and ice, so they have very little to add when it comes to providing good grip and control in winter conditions.

The best timing is difficult to pinpoint, as it varies between regions and also from year to year. It is however always better to change a bit too early than too late. Similarly, it is better to change back to summer tyres a bit later than too soon. It is always safer to drive with winter tyres outside of the winter than having summer tyres in winter conditions. Having said that it is not recommended to use the winter tyres all year round, as they will wear out way to quickly. So you do need to change back to summer tyres after the winter season.

After a tyre change it is very important to check the tyre pressure as the temperature impacts the tyre pressure. Decreasing temperature also decreases the tyre pressure. So if you have big temperature drops, you will need to check if the pressure is still ok. Too low tyre pressure increases the tyre wear and the fuel consumption, so it can be a costly ordeal to forget to check it and continue driving. So when you fuel your car, check the tire pressure.For more information regarding on optimal tyres and timing for change, visit:

Timely tyre change is of utter importance

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.

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Protect your hybrid with proper winter tyres

Hybrid cars are great as they consume less fuel, as they are a combination of petrol-fueled car and an electric car, so you have less CO2 emissions and an environmentally friendlier car. You want to equip it with tyres with low rolling resistance so that you consume even less fuel as well as get further with every electrical charge. You should also check that the tyres are intended for electrical cars, as they are heavier and will need more wear resistant tyres so that they don’t wear out too quickly.

Making sure that the winter tyres are good quality is of course very important so that they will last longer, keep you safer as they will have better properties when it comes to grip and braking distance. These are key properties to keep you out from near incidents or actual accidents. The ability to get your vehicle to stop quickly is essential as well as is the ability to avoid skidding behavior.

Winter weather is challenging enough even with good tyres, so don’t make it harder by selecting sub-optimal tyres. You will need to check different tyre tests done by independent car magazines for objective results. It is important to check the parts that are important for you, as all the different parts of the tests might not be interesting or important for you. So checking the various tests and picking the important parts and summarizing them on your own will probably lead to the best tyre option for you and your vehicle. You can also use the EU tyre label information as an additional source of easy accessible information. The only problem with that information is that there is not anything indicating how well they perform on winter surfaces. However the tyre noise and the fuel consumption measured by rolling resistance will be important even for winter tyres.

The rolling resistance is also dependent on your tyre pressure, so if you have too low tyre pressure the rolling resistance will increase. Increased rolling resistance also leads to increased tyre wear, which is already something that you will need to look out for when it comes to hybrid cars, so try to make sure that you always have the correct tyre pressure and that you rotate the tyres when you have more than a few millimeter difference in tread depth between the rear and the front tyres.

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Winter tyres should be used when you drive in winter conditions

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  are allowed

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.

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