Safe winter tyres is not only up to purchasing premium tyres

For safe driving in winter conditions, you will need to have a combination of factors correct. You will need to have a car that is in good condition and has passed its roadworthiness test. Once you know that you have your car under control it is time to select tyres. You also need to purchase complementing tyres to the vehicle, with correct dimension and suitable for the driving conditions. It is also important that they are recommended for use on electrical vehicles if you have one.

The tyres should always be of premium quality and match the vehicle in dimension, power and load. SUVs, light trucks and vans will require different tyres than your normal passenger car. Sports cars and powerful cars will need tyres that can handle higher speeds and handling at high speeds. Electrical cars and hybrids will need tyres that have low rolling resistance, so you can drive further on each charge. They should also be wear-resistant so they can handle the higher wear from the higher weight and the higher torque that electrical motors give.

Premium tyres will have a well-developed tread and with the latest within tyre technology incorporated into the tyre tread. For winter tyres the ability to have grip in slippery winter conditions is key for their safety. You will have studded tyres that will use metal studs to achieve this grip on ice and use specially designed tread pattern to handle snow and slush. While the non-studded tyres, will rely on the innovations in the tread design and added grip particles that provide the grip on ice and on snow it totally relies on the tread design that incorporates sipes and snow claws.

Another option is the all-weather tyres, that if they are approved for winter use. The advantage of these tyres is that they can be used all year round, so that you always have tyres that are approved, regardless of weather conditions. This is perfect for areas with a lot of unstable weather and constant weather changes. They provide much more safety than having summer tyres when you have slippery conditions with snow and ice.

Once you have purchased the correct tyres for your vehicle, you will need to maintain them. You will need to ensure that the tyres have the correct tyre pressure. Low tyre and high pressure alters the shape of the tyre and impacts the performance. Low tyre pressure increases the tyre wear and the fuel consumptions. You will need to check the tread depth to ensure that they are above the legal limit. Worn out tyres can provide the sufficient grip and they can’t prevent slushplaning effectively. To even out the wear between the front and rear tyres, the tyres should be rotated. This is commonly done when you switch between summer and winter tyres. If you instead used all-weather tyres for the whole year, then you will need to ensure that you rotate when the difference in wear is more than 2-3 mm. You should also monitor your tyres if you have an electric vehicle as they require more frequent rotations.

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