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!
When the winter is approaching, then it is a good time to start looking for snow tires. Snow tires, or winter tires as they are also commonly referred as are designed for winter use. They excel on winter surfaces such as snow, ice and slush. A studded version will perform slightly better on icy surface because of a better traction the studs provide. Otherwise both studded and non-studded tires or studless tires as they are also called will do the job.
Both options are approved for winter driving and will have the winter symbol on the sidewall to indicate that. High quality winter tires usually have also low rolling resistance, which increases your fuel efficiency.
If you don’t use summer tires on your vecle during the hot summer months, you are definitely missing out in terms of performance. A good quality summer tire does have an extremely nice feel about it. You have the feeling that you are glued to the road.
The dedicated summer tires are designed with the summer temperatures in mind, so they have exactly the right softness for dry summer roads. They also have wide grooves that can handle water, by pushing it away to the sides, so that you remain in control, despite heavy summer rain. So if you want to up the performance of your car, switch to summer tires for the summer season.
Evaluate your normal winter weather. If you tend to have very much ice and icy conditions, then the choice is quite easy; you should go for a studded tires. This tire will give you by far the best grip on ice.
If your weather tends to be more snow and slush, then either studded or a non-studded tires will do well. A non-studded tire performs really well in winter conditions and will give you the necessary traction that you need to maneuver during challenging winter conditions.
Select a high quality tire to enable you to be safer while driving. You don’t want to risk not being safe due to low quality tires. Low quality tires tend to have higher rolling resistance and thus you consume more fuel when driving.
Best tires of winter will depend on whatweather conditions that you face in your area during the winter season. If you live in an area with ice, unplowed snow, or slush, then you’re going to want winter tires. There are basically three different tires that are approved for winter use, that is; certain all-weather tires, studded and non-studded winter tires.
A tire that is officially approved for winter onditions will have a symbol on the sidewall of the tire. The symbol is a mountaintop with three peaks and a snowflake symbol inside. If the tire has this symbol it means that it has passed tests in winter conditions. I would still recommend going for a high quality winter tire, due to the demanding circumstances that are present during the winter. You can’t really put a price on safety. I can assure you that the winter will demand the best a tire can deliver in order to keep you safe on the roads.
A good winter tire will have:
Deeper tire grooves to be able to push away snow and slush
Special tread design/pattern with sipes, to gain traction on challenging surfaces
Snowflake symbol, to ensure that it has been tested and approved for winter
Rubber compound that will remain soft at sub-zero temperatures
When you select between the three types that are approved for winter conditions, then the basic rule should be that if you have a real full fledge winter every year and that you are dependent on your car for daily commute, then go for a real winter tire, i.e. not a all-weather tire. The extra safety obtained by a real winter tire, will be valuable when you have real winter weather.