• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Timely change is needed for dedicated winter tires

    There is no doubt that dedicated winter tires provide the best performance in severe winter conditions, but it does require that the tires are mounted on your vehicle before the snow arrives. If you have all-season tires on your car, it is not safe to drive in winter conditions as the tires turn hard at low temperatures and the tread is not designed to handle snow, ice and slush. Winter tires are the ultimate choice for severe winter conditions and give the ultimate performance on both snow, slush and ice. Studded tires are the original winter tires and they use metal studs to create excellent grip on icy roads. They…

  • The reason all-weather tires can be used year round

    The reason all-weather tires can be used year-round is because they hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake “symbol signifying their approved use in severe winter conditions. This means that no matter what weather you encounter your tires are made to handle it. This is also the reason that they can be used all year round no matter what the forecast and they handle snow and ice as well as winter tires. This is because they all-weather tires are really a hybrid between all-season tires and winter tires. What tires to choose really comes down to what kind of weather you have in the area where you live. If living in…

  • All-season tires are great for most seasons

    All-season tires are great for most seasons. Even though they are not meant for severe winter weather and don’t hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake” emblem, they are a great choice in many areas of the United States where the weather stays mild year-round. There are lots of benefits with all-season tires and probably the reason for their popularity. In fact, most cars leave the manufacturer with all-season tires. The benefits of all-season tires are numerous with low rolling resistance and all year round use probably being the most important. The lower rolling resistance will allow for better fuel economy and the all year-round use allowing for the use of…

  • All-weather tires versus all-season tires

    All-weather tires versus all-season tires– what is the difference between the two? The main difference of all-weather tires in comparison to all-season tires is that the all-weather tires hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake “symbol signifying their approved use in severe winter conditions. The reason to choose one over the other really comes down to if you need certified winter tires in the winter where you live. The disadvantaged of the all-weather tires however are the more aggressive tread block which can cause a higher rolling resistance in comparison with that of all-season tires so if the area where you live has mild climate year-round you would be better off…

  • What to consider when buying all-season tires

    Before investing in all-season tires, you need to consider the year-round weather in the region where you live. This is because all-season tires are not made to handle severe winter weather. The reason they are not approved for severe winter weather is because they have not passed the required criteria in snow testing and do thereby not hold the “Three Peak Mountain Snowflake” symbol. Tires with this emblem provide improved snow traction over tires holding the mud and snow emblem (M+S). This being said there are many areas in the United States not experiencing severe winter weather and for those areas all-season tires are a great choice. The fact that…