Improved control during winter driving
For optimal control when driving during the winter, you will need a good set of high quality winter tyres.
For optimal control when driving during the winter, you will need a good set of high quality winter tyres. Tyres will differ a lot on how good they will be on winter surfaces and if they will be able to provide you sufficient control and grip that you will need for safe driving. Difference in grip on winter surfaces can in the end of the day be the difference between an accident and being able to avoid it. Your tyre choice can also depend on where you live and what kind of winter tyres options are available and best suited for the area where you live.
When it comes to winter tyre options, in some places you can choose between one of more of the three available winter tyre options. The two traditional tyre options are the studded tyres, which was the first launched winter tyres back in the days. These tyres use metal studs to create excellent grip on ice and then it has tread pattern specially developed for creating good grip on snow and making sure that the snow doesn’t get stuck in it and also enable to prevent slush planning for the days that you experience the very mushy combination of snow melting on the ground or falling sleet. They both create very tricky situations for driving. The studded tyres are not allowed in all countries and they are also more limited when it comes to the period that they can be used.
The second choice is then non-studded winter tyres, that have similar tread design as the studded, which provide them with sufficient grip on snow. In order to achieve good grip on ice, they tend to add some additional design elements to the tread that can add grip on ice as well as integrating grip particles into the tread, to create a surface that will provide the grip and traction also on ice. They are not as good as studded tyres, but they are very close. If you dependent on best possible grip on ice and studded tyres are allowed in your area the studded should be your number one choice.
Non-studded tyres can be used in any country, so they provide you with much better flexibility, especially when travelling between countries. There is also a third option, the all-weather tyre that provide you with an all year round option, that can be used in areas that do not have harsh winters. They are perfect for central and southern Europe, where you want to have a tyre for all different weather conditions and also always want to be able to use the car. They have winter approved all-weather tyres, so they are providing you with good safety when driving in winter conditions, while they still provide you with good performance during the summer.
The all-weather tyres, as indicated is not the best winter tyre, but as they do provide you with winter properties they are much better than driving with summer tyres during the winter, so you will never be left surprised and unable to drive due to bad weather. So the tyre option is up to what you need and what you prefer.