Winter is approaching

For us in the Nordics, we all know what that means… The weather will gradually get colder, the days will get shorter. For us car drivers it also means that we will need to plan when to change our tyres from our summer tyres to winter tyres. It is important not to wait until the snow comes, but carefully plan and be prepared for the winter weather, by having winter tyres on your car before the winter weather arrives. So Start planing when to change to winter tyres already today!

Winter tyres
Winter conditions

Don’t get caught by surprise

There are a few things that you can do to avoid being caught by surprise. One is to already now start looking through your calendar.  Try to find a suitable timing for changing tyres. It is good practice to put all your key dates into the calendar, before you decide. These dates can be certain holidays, school holidays, special events, dates from when it is allowed to drive with studded tyres and especially events where it is crucial that you have your car in driving condition. Once that is done and you have selected the date, then unless you are changing tyres yourself, I would already advise you to call the service station and book a time for the actual change. By being out in good time, should ensure that you get the time that you want.

 

Change to winter tyres-what type?

Most people would already have a set waiting from last season, but if it is your first season or your tyres were too worn out to survive to this season.  Then you need to purchase a new set of tyres. For winter tyres, the quality is of utmost importance. This is not the time nor the season where you want to try to save a few euros. In winter you will need all the support you can to manage in winter conditions. Ability to quickly manoeuvre or braking fast and having a short braking distance can be very critical for your safety.

 

Make sure that you change to winter tyres, tyres that are approved for winter conditions. They will have a snowflake symbol. This guarantees that they have been tested for driving in winter conditions.

 

You have the option to go for a studded or a non-studded tyre.

 

With this information your should be able to have the right tyres on your vehicle before the snow hits, to ensure that you will be ready and stay safe!

Keep checking those tyres!

It is recommended to check your tyres very frequently. It can be stated, that you can’t check them often enough. The question remains how often should they be checked. I would say that when you stop at the petrol station to fill up your car, then should try to check the tyres.  Petrol stations tend to be well lit and you have the necessary equipment there to care for the tyres, if there are any problems.

Inflating the tyres at a petrol station

Do a quick visual check for any bulging of the tyre, and defects on the sidewall and check the tread depth. This can be done very quickly. Often tears or bulges come from hitting the curb while trying to park your car. So be careful when you park your car.

 

Check the air pressure in the tyres and top up with air if needed. The correct pressure ensures that you get the best performance from your tyres. It also reduces the rolling resistance, which saves you money on petrol. You will also have even wear and the tyres will last longer. Safety aspects are also improved as you will have shorter braking distance and better control over your car while driving. When driving on wet roads it is important that your tyres are able to push away sufficient amount of water to avoid aquaplaning.