The choice between SUV studded tires or SUV non-studded tires depends on what kind of driving, where you will be driving and in what kind of weather conditions. John drives an SUV with all the newest safety accessories such as stability and traction controls as well as ABS brakes and of course the option of 4-wheel drive. Where he lives, he deals with mostly snowy conditions and not so much ice which usually means SUV non-studded winter tires would suffice. John opted for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tires which offer firm and precise driving while still allowing for substantial fuel savings with its lower rolling resistance.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV is the most advanced non-studded winter tire for the use of SUVs. It is designed to provide excellent grip on ice, snow and wet roads with both stable and sturdy handling. It uses the most advanced non-studded winter tire technologies especially designed for SUVs. Technologies like the “Nokian Cryo Crystal Concept” where the rubber compound is made up of multi-edged, crystal like particles that are diamond rough. These particles act like little built in studs as they grab the road with its grip edges. This allows the tire to retain their grip even when the tire approaches the four millimeter minimum depth for winter safety.
When driving on winter roads it is important to stay calm and use the correct speed. It is important to not speed as even with the best tires driving on snow and ice requires skill and it is always more difficult than driving on clean dry roads. John originally thought that since he had an SUV he didn’t need winter tires, but nothing is further from the truth. The SUV being a much heavier vehicle needs tires with good grip to be able to brake and maneuver through turns. It is actually the tire that grips the road allowing for traction. Even though nothing outperforms a studded winter tire, non-studded winter tires come with their advantages like being able to be mounted earlier in the fall, as well as being able to be used further into the spring months. The non-studded tires are also a good choice in spring especially if you live in an area with rapidly changing temperatures. Having said that both non-studded and studded winter tires are not intended to be used in other seasons then winter.