• Make sure that you understand tires and what your vehicle needs

    Tire selection isn’t the easiest task, and most people don’t recognize how important they are for the safety when you drive. The whole tire nomenclature is a bit confusing and you often see people with worn out tires as they don’t understand what can happen when you drive with worn out tires. It is important to understand the tire nomenclature that the tires that are most commonly used are the all-season tires or summer tires. They are used during the warm seasons when you are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The rubber compound used in these will harden once you go below this. You then have the tires that can be…

  • Passenger cars and SUVs both need premium winter tires

    There are a lot of differences between passenger cars and SUVs, where the SUVs are larger and heavier and tend to be safer vehicles according to crash and survival data. They do however both need to use winter tires or at least winter approved tires when driving in winter conditions. All-season tires are not intended for winter use and are therefore not approved for those conditions. The reason why they aren’t approved is that the rubber compound used in them will become hard as they are optimized for warm temperatures, not freezing levels. Winter tires have soft rubber compounds that allow them to stay flexible and agile in order to…

  • When to consider studded tires

    Studded tires should be considered if you live in an area that experiences lots of hardpacked snow and ice in the winter. This is because the main advantage of studded tires is the superior grip on icy and hard-packed snowy roads. The studded tires provide an additional level of grip because they are not just interacting with the road surface conditions; the studs penetrate frozen precipitation and dig in like miniature anchors. They also make a lot of sense if you live in an area with long winters like Alaska or in any of the seven States that allow unrestricted use of studded tires.  Studded tires are not allowed in…

  • Having winter approved all-weather tires means that can drive safely on snow and ice

    Tire selection is important, and it becomes even more important when you make the selection for winter tires or winter approved all-weather tires, as driving on snow, ice and slush that occurs during the winter season require the correct tires that can handle that. The tread has to be wide enough to channel slush through it and be able to remove it quickly to the side so that you don’t risk losing control over your vehicle, which happens when the layer of slush remains between the tires and the road surface and resulting in slushplaning. The advantage with winter approved all-weather tires is that you don’t have to alternate between…

  • Snow tires and winter tires are the same

    When it comes to winter tires, they used to be called snow tires as they were used once you had a snowfall, nowadays they have evolved and nowadays snow tires is used synonymously with winter tires, as that better indicates their ability to also handle ice and slush that frequently occur during the winter. Winter tires now refer to tires that are approved for winter use and have the severe service emblem aka snowflake (3PMSF) symbol. This is different from the M+S marking that just indicates that the tread can handle mud and snow due to more transverse tread placement and self-cleaning tread. When it comes to winter tires that…

  • Good quality tires can often give you good warranties and satisfaction guarantee

    By investing in high quality winter tires, or as you they are also commonly referred to as winter tires, you want to make sure that you invest in car tires that can provide you with both the driving comfort that you want out of them as well as the necessary grip and safety performance. It is important that they have the perfect grip and traction on the main surfaces that you drive on during the winter season. For winter tires you have usually the option of studded tires or non-studded ones. The studded has metal studs, which can dig into icy surfaces to generate excellent grip and traction. This makes…

  • How tires affect the environment

    Did you know that the tires you choose to put on your car can affect the environment? An environmentally friendly tire reduces the negative impact on the environment either by reducing pollution due to low rolling resistance or by being manufactured with environmentally friendly manufacturing methods. In fact, environmentally friendly tire you can reduce pollution in the air. When picking an environmentally friendly tire you need to be aware of what makes a tire environmentally friendly. In general, a tire with low rolling resistance is a tire that is considered environmentally friendly. Not only drivers of electric and hybrid cars are looking for an enjoyable and environmentally responsible driving experience,…

  • Tires with excellent grip on snow and ice

    Excellent grip on snow and ice is basically what you want from your winter tires. This is basically what makes a winter tire good for winter use versus a bad tire, which might not be able to show the same properties. It is often the studded tires that will have the best properties in these conditions, as the studs will help to provide the excellent grip on ice, while on snow both the non-studded and the studded tires tend to have quite similar properties. However, the new non-studded tires can live up to this promise due to innovations in both the tread and the design of the tread pattern. Since…

  • Tires that can handle winter conditions

    What are the tires that are winter approved and can be used during wintertime? Any tires that have the same severe service emblem that is depicted by the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake“ symbol is approved for winter use. These include both types of winter tires, the studded and the non-studded plus the winter approved all-weather tires. This emblem signifying that they have passed the stringent requirements and based on performance tests are then approved use in severe winter conditions. The all-weather tires are composed of a specially formulated rubber compound that allows it to offer excellent traction even when the temperatures dip below freezing. The all-weather tire is actually a…

  • Winter tires for electric cars that have low rolling resistance

    Tires that are made for electrical cars should have very low rolling resistance. They now have tires that have ultra-low rolling resistance. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, which are winter tires that was originally developed for BMW’s unique electric car i3. These tires combine ultra-low rolling resistance with ultimate grip and excellent driving comfort. These tires will get you 30% further on each charge compared to ordinary tires. The low rolling resistance was first developed for electric cars to ensure that they could get distances that would make sense between each charge. We have now reached ultra-low levels. When you purchase new tires, even if it is all-season tires or winter…