Most people wait for the winter to come before changing to winter tires. They are not aware of the fact that the tires they currently have on their vehicle, may underperform if they are used in different weather conditions that they are designed for. If the rubber compound of a tire is not designed for winter temperatures, it will become harder and harder as the temperature drops. A hard tire will not be able to conform to the surface and create the necessary traction needed to move the vehicle forward and being able to make it stop.
Don’t wait for the snow to arrive, change to snow tires as soon as the temperatures drop close to zero celsius. This will ensure that you can drive safely and be ready for the snow when it finally arrives. Avoiding accidents is a lot about being cautious and being prepared, driving cautiously and adapting the speed to the circumstances, like weather and visibility. During the cold and dark winter nights, it is important that you leave enough distance so that you can get your car to a full stop without an accident.
Halloween is a joyful holiday albeit a bit scary. People will dress up in scary costumes all in good spirit. Kids will knock on doors asking for candy, so you have a lot of people walking in the evening. Halloween is at the end of November, when the weather can already be wintry. Winter weather combined with darkness can be a tricky combination.
Failure to fit your vehicle with proper winter tires can turn you into a danger for people walking on the streets. If you hit icy patches on the street, it can be easy to loose control over your vehicle. The only cure is to make sure that before heading to the road in freezing temperatures, you make sure that you have winter approved tire on your vehicle. Winter tires are the only proper tires for harsh winter conditions. They are designed for the challenges that you will face, such as snow, ice and slush. Do yourself and the other people who walk the streets a favor by changing to winter tires in time.
If you are driving in winter conditions, no other tire than a winter-approved tire is safe enough to drive on, so you shouldn’t even consider driving home or to your destination without them if your area has already been hit by such conditions. If you have snow, ice or slush, then winter tires are the right choice for bringing you home safely.
A winter tire is designed for winter conditions. A winter tire has been tested rigorously to ensure that it can perform diligently during these conditions. It will have good traction regardless of what wintery surface you are driving on. It can be dry or wet asphalt, it can be snow or slush and even ice; the winter tire can perform safely during all these conditions. It can handle very low temperatures, where the summer tires can’t perform. Basically the only conditions where the winter tire will perform badly, is in warm conditions. Thus it is important that once the winter has ended that you change back to summer tires to ensure high performance and safety throughout the year.
The ability to be able to have full control over your vehicle and not risk losing control is crucial for safe winter driving. A vehicle with good winter tires ensures that you have excellent traction during winter conditions. Key for the winter season is that you still respect the forces of nature and drive safely, change your tires early enough before the weather changes and that you buy good quality winter tires.
If you live in an area where you expect to have a real winter, there are probably regulations in place that stipulate that you have to have winter tires mounted on your car between certain dates.
Winter tires are often referred to as snow tires, and they are necessary for you to be able to drive safely during the winter season. So make sure to change tires early enough so that you are safe from the first day that winter arrives.
You have the option between studded tires and non-studded tires, both are good for winter conditions, but the studded are better for icy conditions.
As the summer season is coming to an end it is time to check the pressures of your tires on you SUV. Main reason why to check it now, is that with lower temperatures the tire pressure will decrease. If you drive with low tire pressure, your ability to maneuver your SUV will be impacted. In addition, you might lose control when you turn. Low pressure in your SUV summer tires will increase the friction between the tire and the surface, which leads to heat build up. The excessive heat will lead to increased wear, so that you will need to replace your tires sooner than expected.
The increased friction means that your engine will have to work harder to move the vehicle, this means that your engine consumes more fuel. So your fuel bills will increase. All in all you will be less safe, your tires will wear out faster and you will be stuck with higher fuel costs, all this over some missing air in the tires. So when you consider all this, I am sure you will try to make it a regular task to check your tire pressure at every stop at the gas station. While you are at it, also check the tread depth, to ensure that you have enough depth remaining for safe driving. The depth can easily be measured by pushing in a coin into the tire groove and see how deep it will go.
For some areas a good choice of tires can be to have an all-season tire all year, as there will not be any real winter conditions. For regions that have winter, a good choice will be to drive with all-season tires until winter comes and then change to winter tires. All season tires give you good performance on wet, slushy and dry surfaces.
It is often a bit tricky as it sounds like all-season tires would also be good during winter, but they are not approved for winter conditions and should not be used then. All-weather tires are approved for winter conditions, but the all-season tires are not. All-season tire can often still handle wet snow, but they will not perform well on ice.
If you do have real and long winters, then it might be the best to opt for a real winter tires and not use your all-season tires all year. If you have proper hot summers, then you can also choose to go for a summer tire combined with a winter tire. I would choose a studded or non-studded tire combined with a summer tire for best performance throughout the year. Selecting a tire that is especially designed for only one season will have a better performance than one that is a compromise.
As the weather is changing, so should our tires. Change from summer tires to winter tires to ensure that you car will manage safely on the winter roads, just as your car was handling on the summer roads. When you have made the shift, you can drive safely after the winter weather will arrive. If you haven’t made the change you can’t drive safely once winter weather will hit.
The art of doing the change in a planned way and ensuring that you are all set prior to when winter arrives is key. If you manage that, you have done well, as it seems like most people somehow manage to miss it and have to live with all the problems and aftermath of not getting it done on time. Driving safely during winter if you have winter conditions is limited to driving with tires that are approved for these conditions.
If you have not checked the tread depth of your tires, end of summer can be a good time to do so, especially if you plan to shift to winter tires. This way you will know if you need to buy a new set of summer tyres for next year. A lot of tire shops will have discounts on summer tires at end of summer or during the winter season, so buying early can save you money. Also it saves you the problem of having to try to find tires at the same time as everyone else is buying summer tires.
Checking the tread depth is easy and quick. The easiest way is to use a coin and push it into the tread and measure on the coin the depth. You should be above 5/32 inches for safe driving.
I think everyone that live in a place where winters come every year, should plan for the arrival of winter. When it comes to your vehicle, then you should also start planning on changing to winter tires. It doesn’t matter if you have a truck or a SUV, you will need an approved winter tyre from the first snow for these as well. As it is not safe to drive any distance with tires that haven’t been approved for winter conditions.
In order not to be taken by surprise by the winter weather, make sure that you plan your tyre change. Also make sure that you have a kit in the car in case you end up in a bad situation. This would include an ice scraper, a broom, a shovel and some appropriate clothes for winter, including extra gloves, winter hat and a warm jacket. Some sand can also be good in case you get stuck somewhere. Also a power bank can be good in case you go a on a longer trip. Being able to call for help can be invaluable.
Always try to change to winter tires a few weeks before you believe the winter will arrive. If the snow arrives before you have made the change, avoid using your vehicle until the snow has melted away.
The name has historic reasons and it used to be that this was the tire that was used when the snow arrived. With product developments both in the design and the materials, snow tires have now transformed into winter tires, which can and should be used for the whole season of winter from then you reach freezing temperatures.
When the winter arrives, you need a tire that is designed for winter use. Winter tires have a symbol indicating that they have been officially tested and approved for use in winter conditions. Without this symbol it is not safe to drive. The rubber compound in non-winter tires will get too hard at the low temperatures and will not give you the necessary traction and you will be left without any grip. Do not attempt this. So change to snow tires before the winter arrives and stay safe!