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
Our family just purchased a beautiful ranch property in Flagstaff, Arizona. Having accepted a job with a local tour company which gives tours of the Grand Canyon,” Bearizona” Wildlife park, and Antelope Slot Canyon to just mention a few excursions. Arranging day tours and using our family SUV to travel back and forth in sometimes quite rugged terrain I wanted to equip our SUV with some good qualitySUV summer tires. Even though we have a 4-wheel drive vehicle you would imagen that tires aren’t so important as you have access to 4-wheel drive however the composition of the tires is actually what determines your grip on the road. In addition, summer tires are the only tire that guarantees the highest grip level during the hot summer season. They are also better to deal with aquaplaning due to gentle summer showers. We decided upon the Nokian Zline SUV tires.
The Nokian zLine
SUV tires have aggressive blade grooves that help prevent aquaplaning and in
addition there is the shoulder of the tires that have trumpet grooves (bullet
type indentations) to further prevent aquaplaning by accelerating the flow of
water out of the tire via the transverse grooves thereby maximizing grip. This
along with the Aramid Sidewall technology in these tires which allow puncture resistance with help
of the strong aramid fibers incorporated in the sidewall. 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 aquaplaning.
The Nokian zLine
SUV summer tires can be used from spring to fall but should not be used in
winter. They are made up of a coral Silica tread compound that is especially
made to endure the summer heat and remains extremely rigid to maintain reliable
and balanced contact with the road even at high speeds and in sharp corners.
Summer tires in general have a shallower tread which lets you “feel” the road
and allows for a quiet and comfortable drive. I believe this tire will be well
suited for my needs everything from the rugged terrain and the freeway driving
that I will be doing.
probably invest in dedicated winter tires once winter rolls around as we do
experience snow and ice here in Flagstaff.
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.
It is unavoidable to buy summer tires if you come from a place that experiences scorching hot summer season. Unless you do not plan on using your vehicle during the warm season, you must have summer tires to continue driving comfortably and safely on the road. While all season tires are suitable for spring, summer, and fall, it cannot deliver the same level of performance that dedicated summer tires can provide. Continue reading “Risks of Using Summer Tires in Winter”
Buying a vehicle, like an SUV comes with a lot of responsibilities. For you to be able to drive your very own SUV safely and comfortably, one of the things you need to do is to make sure that you have the right set of tires for every season. When summer comes, you need to make sure that you have the right summer tires for that season to be able to get the most out of your vehicle. Even though all-season tires work well in summer, their performance on the road cannot beat that of dedicated summer tires. Continue reading “How to Shop for a Summer Tire For Your SUV?”