The reason winter tires are a good idea even on an SUV is because it is actually the tires that grip the road and provide traction. This is even more important on an SUV as they are heavier vehicles than regular passenger cars and require more grip and traction to stop and accelerate. This is especially true if you live in an area of heavy snow and real winter conditions. Many people are under the false assumption that owning an SUV or having four-wheel drive exempts you from needing winter tires. Even though it is not mandatory to equip your car with winter tires in most areas in the United States, it comes highly recommended especially if you live in the “winter tire belt” region of the United States.
There are many high-quality SUV winter tires on the market like the Nokian Nordman 7 SUV . The advantage of a tire like the Nokian Nordman 7 SUV is that it is available both factory-studded and without studs. This gives the consumer the option to decide while resting assured they have invested in an officially approved winter use tire carrying the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol.
The Nokian Nordman 7 SUV tire uses new innovations and modern stud technology to provide the ultimate grip on ice and snow for those who opt for SUV studded tires. This tire has the Nokian Eco Stud 8 Concept, a next-generation anchor stud with a flange design that reduces impact, and the patented Eco Stud cushion further dampens the road contact. Together with the innovative stud distribution, the Nokian Eco Stud 8 concept provides the tire with supreme winter properties such as excellent grip while braking and accelerating while offering more wear resistance and added driving comfort.
Winter tires are usually made of rubber compounds that remain flexible and soft even under low temperatures. In addition, the Nokian Nordman 7 SUV also features an innovation called the Brake Booster, a saw-tooth pattern on the rear edges of the tread blocks that increases the tire’s contact with the driving surface and improves braking grip, especially on snow and ice. It is important when putting on winter tires that you are aware of the laws in the area where you live.
If you have invested in winter tires because you live in a place that experiences severe winter weather with both snow and ice, you should know that winter tires should not be used in the summer. All-season tires, on the other hand, are only suitable for spring, summer, and fall but not perfect for winter. All-season tires can be placed on the vehicle once the final snow has melted and the roads remain dry.
When you buy winter tires like the Nokian Nordman 7, they are meant to be used only during the winter months. Using these tires during the other seasons is not recommended. In some states, it is against the law to use studded tires after a certain date. Winter tires — especially studded winter tires — remain the best choice for harsh winters with lots of snow and ice, where they provide the ultimate traction, especially lateral traction. Even for an SUVs the best choice for severe winter weather are SUV studded tires.
All winter tires, whether studded or non-studded, are designed to maintain better traction in extreme cold and on icy, snowy or slush-filled roads. Their rubber compounds are softer and thereby remain more flexible, allowing the tire to conform to the road in cold conditions. The same flexible rubber compound that works well in winter does not dissipate heat well and will wear down faster on dry summer roads. When you use them on hot summer roads, the risk of overinflating or blowing out will be much higher. The specialized rubber compound and tread design of winter tires are not designed for optimal warm climate performance or wear.
The softer rubber compound and tread design of winter tires also create more rolling resistance when driven on dry roads, causing you to use more fuel and wear down the tires faster. This is not a very ecological or economical solution. If the idea is not to change tires after the winter season, then the second best choice to provide safe driving in winter conditions would be to invest in an all-weather tire. Unlike all-season tires, all-weather tires are marked with the threepeak mountain snowflake symbol, like winter tires. The 3PMSF symbol indicates that the tire has a severe snow service rating, which means that it has met required performance criteria in snow testing.
The choice between SUV studded tires or SUVnon-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.
Living in North Dakota and just gone through a treacherous winter, a driver was glad that he had equipped his family’s SUV with SUV studded tires. However now with all snow melted he is ready to change tires and has decided to get dedicated summer tiresor more specifically SUV summer tires. Basically, nothing handles better as all-season tires on dry and wet roads.. This is because the summer tires guarantee the best grip on the road and the best protection from hydroplaning. The rubber compound used in summer tires is especially formulated to withstand the high temperatures of the summer months. In North Dakota they experience very hot summers with temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and even the occasional tornado. Even though they have a four-wheel drive vehicle, the composition of the tires is actually what determines your grip on the road.
tires like the Nokian zLine SUV tires are specially designed with aggressive
blade grooves to help prevent hydroplaning. In addition, the shoulders of the
tires have trumpet grooves (bullet-type indentations) to further prevent hydroplaning
by accelerating the flow of water out of the tire via the transverse grooves
thereby maximizing grip. There is also a puncture resistant sidewall technology
to reinforce the integrity of the tire. This is very useful when driving
through rocky terrain. All of this insures a safe ride and there is even a
driving safety indicator (DSI) patented by Nokian Tyres that allows the driver
to inspect the tires to see when the tread depth is less than 4 millimeters
which could indicate a risk for hydroplaning.
Nokian zLine SUV summer tires can be used from spring to fall but should not be
used in winter. In the winter the driver will re install our winter tires to ensure
the safest and best-performing tires for the season at hand. This way he will
have the best technologies, like the coral Silica tread compound specially made
to tackle the summer heat while remaining extremely rigid to maintain reliable
and balanced contact with the road even at high speeds and in sharp corners in the
summer, while enjoying advancements like snow claws and eco studs in the winter
To drive safely during winter – and by winter I really mean the harsh, real winter weather – you need winter tires. You can for example get SUV all-weather tires that have the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the tire sidewalls indicating that they have been approved for winter conditions.
is not safe to drive without right tires for the particular season and
conditions. When you have real winter conditions and you have still summer
tires on your car, you don’t have enough traction on snowy and icy surfaces. This
makes controlling your car difficult and the braking distance will be much
longer than what it would be with dedicated winter tires. This is why so many
accidents happen in the crossroads. People don’t have correct tires for the
weather conditions and they misjudge the braking distance, crashing into the
car in front of them.
though it might look like your SUV will handle any surface and any terrain,
this is not necessarily the case. The rubber compound used in SUV summer tires
is designed to perform well in warm summer temperatures. In winter, when the
temperature drops, the SUV summer tire gets very hard. A hard tire has less
grip on slippery surfaces. In winter, you need a tire that has been designed
for winter use. An SUV
studded tires will give you excellent grip especially on icy
surfaces. You however need to respect the weather conditions and always adjust
your speed to suit the conditions.
High quality winter tires can handle harsh winter weather conditions as they are made for driving on snowy, icy and slushy road surfaces. Winter tires are sometimes called also snow tires, because they can handle snowy weather conditions. When you end up driving through a snowstorm and you have good tires on your car, the visibility is most probably your biggest problem. In a snowstorm it can be hard to see the road and other road users.
you have an SUV, you need to get dedicated winter tires on your SUV. This way
you can be sure that you can drive in any type of winter weather. SUV winter
tires provide you better grip and reduced braking distances on
slippery and snowy roads. So make sure that you always have SUV winter tires
when driving in the winter season and that the tires have a three-peak mountain
snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall.
winter tires can be either studded or non-studded. Studded tires are always
approved for winter use, but non-studded tires you do need to check that they
are actually tested and approved for winter weather. It is not enough to have
the M+S symbol on the tires but they should have the three-peak mountain
snowflake symbol to prove that they are safe to drive. SUV
studded tires have studs that provide excellent grip on snow and
especially on ice. Non-studded tires rely on unique rubber compounds and tread
designs to achieve superior grip on wintry road surfaces.
SUVs are great for driving both off-road and in city traffic. You just need to equip your SUV with a set of appropriate quality tires. If you plan to drive off-road, you need to invest in tires that are designed for off-road use. Off-road tires will be more rugged and more durable. Good quality off-road tires may have Aramid-reinforced sidewalls to protect the sidewalls from sharp stones and other objects that can puncture your vehicle.
For winter use, you need a good set of SUV winter tires, either SUV studded tires, or SUV non-studded tires. When you have these mounted on your SUV, winter driving will be easy and safe. Winter tires have the right rubber compound that is soft during the winter temperatures, in comparison with the summer tires that will become hard and inflexible during cold winter temperatures. So, always remember to fit your SUV with appropriate tires designed for particular weather conditions for it to live up to those expectations.
Some people who own SUVs are perhaps not aware that the tires they have on their vehicle are not officially approved for winter use and that’s why they are almost useless during winter temperatures. Your SUV is a big and heavy vehicle and you don’t want to lose control of it and just slide down a street, with no possibility to steer it. That can happen if you end up on icy roads without real winter tires. A wet road can turn into ice as the temperature drops.
So don’t be fooled that your SUV can handle any conditions. During harsh winter weather conditions you will need dedicated winter tires that are designed for cold temperatures. Choose either a SUV studded tires or a SUV non-studded tire to battle the winter conditions. Without them you are going to jeopardize the safety of yourself, other passengers in your car and other road users.
Studded tires are the right type of tires to use on your SUV during the cold winter season when the roads are covered with ice. Summer and all-season tires will not provide any promising performance on the icy roads. You will be putting your life at risk if you insist on using these tires during winter. Since they are not made with specific features meant for the wintry roads, you can easily hit other vehicles on the road or even pedestrians. Even if your driving skills are great, you will still have a hard time driving with the summer and all-season tires on the wintry roads. Continue reading “Things To Check When Buying Studded Tires for Your SUV”