The choice between studded or non-studded tires depends on what kind of car you drive, where you will be driving and what kind of weather conditions you will be encountering. It also depends on your experience level driving in snow and ice. In a place like Alaska with heavy winter conditions, it’s necessary to have a car that’s well-equipped with all the newest safety accessories such as stability and traction controls as well as ABS brakes. But tires are also an important consideration. In places with mostly snowy conditions and not so much ice, the choice for many ends up being non-studded tires. Some drivers opt for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 which allows for relentless grip while being able to enjoy precise and controlled driving.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is a perfectly balanced non-studded winter tire providing both excellent grip and controlled handling all this while saving on fuel costs. It uses many new technologies like the multi-faceted “Snow Claws” to ensure ultimate grip. These snow claws are inserted between the tread blocks to create balanced ice and snow grip especially during braking and acceleration. The “Artic Sense Grip Concept” provides flexible sipes to adapt to weather variations and thereby offering relentless grip while the “Biobased Cryo Crystal 3” grip particles that are added to the rubber compound improves grip on ice by grabbing onto the driving surface.
When driving on winter roads it is important to stay calm and use the correct speed. It is important to not speed as even with the best tires driving on snow and ice requires skill and it is always more difficult than driving on clean dry roads. Of course, having good quality tires even non-studded winter tires allows you to have ultimate grip on snowy roads to increase you and your family’s safety. One benefit with non-studded tires is a quieter ride than studded tires and the fact that they can be mounted earlier in the fall. The non-studded tires are also a good choice in spring especially if you live in an area with rapidly changing temperatures. Having said that both non-studded and studded winter tires shouldn’t be used in other seasons than winter.
When choosing between studded or non-studded tires its important to consider where and what your will be driving as well as your experience level.