How to best select a good winter tyre

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If you have decided to purchase a set of winter tyres, then you want to make sure that you select a good set that will meet your demands on safety and performance as well as that they are god for the vehicle that you have. If you select winter tyres you will need to make sure that they are officially approved for winter use, so that they have the snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on the sidewall of the tyre. If they are labeled as winter tyres they should have it, but checking is always best. The M+S marking is not enough for ensuring safety during the winter.

The advantages of having winter tyres are that they can be used safely during the winter season, but then have to be changed to a set of summer tyres. The rubber compound that is used can handle the low temperatures associated with winter, but tend to get too soft during summer temperatures, which is why you should change back to summer tyres once the winter has passed. Winter tyres are though superior to summer tyres at low temperatures and should be used from when the temperatures drops below freezing.

The tread pattern is also designed to create grip on snow and ice, while still having good grip on wet and dry roads. The tread can also push away snow y from the road surface to prevent slushplaning.

There are winter tyres for passenger cars, electrical and hybrid cars and even SUV winter tyres. It is important to select the tyres that are recommended for certain vehicles so that they can handle the load and speed ratings that might apply.

Selection steps

Once you have selected the right model of tyres that suits the type of vehicle that you have, then you should start selecting among the remaining candidates. You can use the EU tyre label to assess some features, however the label doesn’t give any real indication on how well they will perform in winter conditions, where it is very important that you have excellent grip on snow and ice. Here you probably have to refer to certain tyre tests that are done for winter tyres; there are plenty of these tests performed every year.

For the fuel efficiency, that is good to check as premium tyres tend to have low rolling resistance and that will lead to low fuel consumption and also low tyre wear so that you don’t have to replace the tyres that often. If you select tyres that are not fuel-efficient that means that you will spend more money on fuel while driving and you will need to replace your tyres more often. This can often happen if you select a cheaper tyre option instead of investing into premium winter tyres. So make your tyre selection based on a combination of EU tyre label information and various tyre tests and make sure that you select the best possible tyres that also fit the vehicle that you have. Then you will have good tyres for all year round.


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