Should You Choose Studded Or Non-Studded Tires

Having accepted a job at North Star ski resort in Tahoe, I wanted to make sure that I put the right tires on my car for the winter season. Driving the vehicle in icy and snowy conditions requires good winter tires to be safe. Having grown up in British Colombia I am experienced with driving on snow and ice. However since it was my parent’s car, I actually never considered what tires were on that car. So even though I feel comfortable driving in winter conditions I wanted to equip my car with the best tires for the winter season. I already decided to invest in good quality winter tires. I wasn’t however sure if I should choose studded tires or non-studded tires.

I grew up knowing that studded snow tires were the tires to have for winter conditions. There has however been big advances in the development of rubber compounds, tread patterns and other technologies in non-studded tires which make them equally good for winter conditions. Anyway I decided to still go for the studded tires, the Nokian Nordman 7 to be more accurate.

Nokian Nordman 7 tire is available both with or without studs. I opted for the factory-studded version. I wanted to make sure to have really good gripping power as my house is on a slope and I was worried about not making it up the drive way. One thing to consider with studded tires is that they would be a bit nosier on regular roads. However since I am not going to be doing a lot of freeway driving, mostly just driving back and forth to the ski resort, this is not of concern to me.

Some of the other benefits of having invested in a good pair of winter tires is better braking, traction and safety. The winter tires stop much faster than either all-season or all-weather tires. This is because of the extra grip which maximizes traction. Winter tires are made of a flexible rubber compound as well as a unique tread design that perform great on ice, snow and slush. They do not have any compromises for other seasons like their all-season and all-weather counterparts. When you install them on your car, you will benefit a great deal from increased traction and control of your car both for accelerating and braking.

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