Use correct tyres during the winter season

Driving during the winter is more challenging than during the summer, as the snow and ice create a slippery surface, which make it very difficult if you don’t have the right tyres for it. With the right tyre selection you can increase the grip and traction making it easier to control these circumstances. You will need to have good quality winter tyres, either with studs or without depending on the area where you live. Studs perform better on ice than the ones without studs, while on snow and slush they are both equally good. It is though very important to make sure that you have the tyres mounted before the winter weather arrives to your area.

With the non-studded tyres you have the option of choosing a dedicated winter tyre that will work only for that season when you have cold weather and winter conditions and should be changed when you pass that season. This will require you to have two sets of tyres, one for the winter season and one for the summer season. The same goes for studded tyres. You can also choose to have winter approved all-weather tyres, which are also non-studded, but can work regardless of weather and can be used all year round, so no need to change tyres during the year. This can be very convenient, as you are always ready to use your car regardless of the weather you currently have. You also don’t have to worry about changing to winter tyres in time before the winter arrives.

All-weather tyres are perfect for people who currently don’t change tyres between the summer and winter seasons but realizes the dangers of driving when you have occasional winter weather. These tyres will keep you safe both on dry warm roads as well as cold winter roads even when they are covered in snow and ice. All-weather tyres do require occasional rotation so that any difference in wear can be evened out. Rotation is the procedure to change place of the rear and the front tyre so that the wear becomes more even. Depending on how much you drive you should plan to rotate the tyres 1-2 times per year, so that both tyres will wear out evenly, so you can purchase a full new set of tyres.

It is important to understand that the summer tyres are not any good when you have winter weather. The rubber compound is not made for cold weather, so it will become hard at low temperatures. A hard tyre will not provide you with the grip that you need to drive safely. This is why it is important to change to winter tyres as soon as the temperatures start getting down there.

It is important that you plan the tyre change well in advance, so that you are prepared and don’t try to drive with summer tyres when you have winter conditions. The timely tyre change is really important, so that you don’t start the winter season with an accident that could have been avoided if you had changed tyres. Any driving with summer tyres on snow or ice should be avoided.

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