To increase safety, it’s very important to invest in good snow tires this is true even for a hybrid or electrical car. The question is if you need studded winter tires? Actually, both hybrids and electrical cars are actually heavier than conventional cars due to their battery packs so the extra grip and traction that a studded tire gives might be a good investment. There are many tires on the market, and it is important to understand why studded winter tires give the ultimate grip and traction. Let’s face it nothing can outperform a studded tire on ice and snow and especially on black ice. It is the studded tire that allows you to grip the road to optimize both braking and accelerating. I installed the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 Studded tires on my VW e-Golf as this tire came recommended especially for electric cars.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 tires with its unique, patented double stud grip will provide the optimal grip in both curves and straight stretches. I opted for studded tires as with the harsh Alaskan winters I wanted to feel control of my cars at all times. Especially since this is my first winter driving in real winter conditions. Having moved from Los Angeles it’s been quite a change especially with the driving conditions here in Alaska in the winter. With the studded tires however, it doesn’t seem so different then driving on a regular dry road. Basically, the studded tires like the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 uses high quality studs that give exceptional grip and traction especially lateral traction, which helps you, remain in control of your car even on black ice.
One common complaint with studded tires is the noise and the increased rolling resistance. This is something that the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 tires with its new technologies have resolved and thereby has emerged with a tire that has the lowest noise and fuel consumption of any studded tire in its product family. With its new technologies like the Nokian “eco stud 9 concept” that dampens road contact by reducing stud impact due to the airspace in the middle of the lower flange.
I decided to buy studded tires rather than non-studded tires due to the winter conditions here in Alaska and in addition not being experienced with driving on snow and ice. Whether you decide upon studded or non-studded winter tires rest assured it’s the best decision for you and your family’s safety.