When choosing tires it is important to consider what kind of driving and what kind of conditions you will be encountering. There is also the need to consider whether you are in the market for one set of tires to be used year-round or if changing tires during the year can be considered. The main reason people consider changing tires is if they live in an area with severe winters where winter tires are the best option. Winter tires are by far the best choice if you live in an area with severe winter weather. Whether you choose non-studded tires or studded tires, winter tires remain the best option for superior grip and traction on snow and ice.
Some other things to consider when buying tires are what kind of driving
you will be doing, what kind of car you drive, what kind of weather conditions you
will be driving in and, last but not least, your budget. Obviously, if you have
a high-performance car you should look into some high-quality tires with
appropriate speed rating, an indicator of the maximum safest speed the tire can
be driven. Usually this speed rating is way above the legal speed limit, but
that is not to say a higher speed rating is not necessary. Usually tires with a
higher speed rating have greater levels of handling and cornering grip,
something that obviously makes the car handle better.
There is also the question of whether to get all-season tires,
all-weather tires or dedicated winter tires. And if that decision wasn’t
complicated enough, there is also the choice between studded or non-studded winter tires. Generally,
where you live will dictate what kind of tires you will need because if you
live in an area with severe winters and do not want to change tires into winter
tires in the winter, your only other option would be all-weather tires. The
reason for this is that all-weather tires are marked with the three-peak mountain
snowflake symbol, like winter tires, which indicates they have met the required
performance criteria in snow testing and are thereby considered severe snow
service-rated. On the other hand, if you reside in an area with no real winter
season you are able to invest in all-season
tires for year-round use.
Hydroplaning happens when a layer of water or slush builds up between the tires and the road surface. This is very dangerous, as it creates a loss of traction and can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. Hydroplaning can be a danger in every season, as even in the winter months there can be slush on the road that can lead to hydroplaning or slushplaning. Manufacturers are always coming up with new technologies to help deal with issues like hydroplaning.
Most tires incorporate anti-hydroplaning
technology, but even with a good tire you can’t completely eliminate the risk. This
is why it’s important to know what to do when your car starts hydroplaning. First,
keep cool. That’s probably easier said than done, but it’s important to not
panic or slam on the brakes. The best thing to do if you start hydroplaning is
to keep the car straight and decelerate to try to regain the feel of the road
and control of your car. Try to avoid hydroplaning by looking ahead and avoid
any large puddle. Also, reduce your speed in rainy conditions.
The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0, an
all-season tire, is an example of a high-quality tire that has incorporated
many new innovations to create a high-performing tire with improved
hydroplaning protection. Technologies like polished lateral and inside grooves allow
them to store more water between the tire and the road and accelerate the flow
from the main grooves. This leads to increased water displacement, improving
the tire’s hydroplaning properties. Another important safety tip to avoid
hydroplaning is to keep the tires properly inflated and to rotate and replace
tires when necessary. Adequate tire pressure is important, and tread depth
plays a role. Hydroplaning does not just pertain to water (aquaplaning); you
can also hydroplane with slush (slushplaning). Slushplaning occurs when snow
starts melting and leaves slush on the road.
All-weather tires like the Nokian WR G3 also take advantage of polished
main grooves to effectively clean snow, slush and water off the tire to ensure that
the tire grips the road and protects against aquaplaning and slushplaning. All-weather
tires are made of rubber compounds that are very similar to the rubber
compounds of winter tires.
When you are driving around with a bus full of passengers, you want to make sure that you can get them to their end destination safely and on time. Problems that can cause delays can cause your passengers a lot of problems. Having a bus full of angry passengers due to engine or tire problems is not an easy situation to solve. This is why having problem free buses and tires are gold worth.
Investing in bus tires that can last and be
durable enough to withstand impacts from curbs or potholes are really
important, to ensure that you can run the buses on time and to follow a
reliable schedule without causing delays to your passengers. There are a lot of
tires on the market for the same application, however all tires are not the
same, so you will need to assure that you get what fits you the best. Cheaper
and lower quality tires will quickly become more expensive when you have to run
buses on time and knowing that any downtime will be very expensive due to
Some buses might also need to be equipped with winter tires
for buses. Tires that are approved and tested for winter conditions will have
the 3PMSF symbol on the sidewall of the
tires and will ensure that you can drive safely even though you have winter
weather. Some countries might require this by law, while others might just
recommended it. However if you want to
make sure that your passengers arrive safely and on time even in winter
conditions, you just have to get winter tires to your buses. Driving with tires
that are not approved for winter conditions when you have full-fledged winter
outside, it is irresponsible to even try to drive.
Tires that are not designed for winter conditions will not
have the sufficient grip during these conditions. The biggest problem with
tires that are not designed for winter conditions is that the rubber compound
gets hard and will not conform to the surface. This means that the rubber will
not be squeezed into the small holes on the road surface, this is an important
part of creating the friction needed to make sure that you have sufficient
braking distance and lateral grip when you drive.
Since most trucks are built to drive long distances delivering goods using the land based highways. Deliveries can often be perishable goods or then products for just in time deliveries. Delays can therefor be costly both for the transporter as well as the end-user. This is why the transporters have to rely on both their trucks and their tires to make sure that they are built to last and don’t brake down. The biggest problem tends to be problems related to the truck tires and often caused by low tire pressure. Since trucks have so many tires, checking all the tires for the correct tire pressure can be a bit tedious, especially for the inner tire of the dual tires.
Optimally you can manage to prevent most of your problems
with proper scheduled maintenance. During this maintenance you will need to
make sure that all tires have the correct tread depth and the correct tire
pressure. It is however often the trailers that the trucks pick up at ports or
terminals that can cause the problems as they might arrive with tires with low
pressure and often the tight delivery schedules doesn’t allow of stops where
all the tires can be checked, or the drivers are not very willing to engage in
The problem when you drive with low tire pressure is that
you can damage the tires, especially the sidewalls. If you ruin the carcass you
will also not be able to retread the tires. Retreaded tires can save you a lot of money. A good quality tire
where the carcass is till in good condition after the tire is worn out, can be
retreaded 1 to 2 times.
For trucks it is also important to take care of changing
tires to winter tires when the weather changes to winter conditions. Some
countries it is mandatory to use winter tires, in other countries it is only
recommended. It is always advisable to drive in the safest possible way, to
ensure that the goods are delivered on time. If you don’t have winter-approved
tires on your truck and you have a snow storm hitting your area, you can more
or less forget about getting the delivery to the end destination on time. Here
you will need a tire that is designed for these conditions and has been tested
and approved for winter use.
When you need tires for your trailer that can handle the load and are wear resistant, you might need a set of Nokian CT tires. This is the ultimate trailer tire for earthmoving applications as well as agriculture trailers, where you need a flotation tire to reduce the soil compaction. These tires can definitely handle the heavy loads.
In agricultural applications it is always important that you
damage the soil as little as possible. Having the proper tires that limit the
surface pressure like the flotation tires, will allow for a higher yield. The
Nokian CT tires are extremely durable and allow for service free operating
hours with self-cleaning treads. These tires will have an expected operating
lifetime of 100.000km. With its asymmetric tread block design, gives you a
smooth drive on roads, as you always have block contact with the road surface.
It’s cut and crack resistant compound combined with that it
is steel fortified with multiple steel cords in layers allows this tire to be
very puncture resistant. So regardless if you will spend a lot of time on or
off the road, these tires will give you the ultimate driving experience and
durability. So even if you do a lot of contracting and have to spend a lot of
time on the road driving between sites, your tire will last and will not wear
Companies always want to avoid problems that cause downtime.
Optimizing operating hours and being able to manage with scheduled maintenance
to keep the unscheduled maintenance at a minimum saves a lot of money for any
operator. It also increases the productivity, so regardless if you are using
these tires in earthmoving trailer applications or as agricultural trailer tires it will
be an excellent choice. They will be able to handle the load and will give you
a maximum out output hours without problems and with minimum surface pressure.
By checking the Nokian Tyres technical tire manual, you will get more information regarding
the full range of flotation tires that they have as well as other tires for
earthmoving and agricultural equipment. You can assess what loads they can
handle and what tire pressure you should have. You can also find the different
dimensions so that you are sure that you fit your equipment with the correct
The challenge of getting stuck when plowing, can be a problem, as you will need another tractor to pull you out from there. Often this scenario can be avoided by using flotation tires that float on top of the surface instead of sinking into the top layer. In addition the compaction that can happen when you don’t use flotation tires can reduce your yield due to soil compaction. Selecting the right tires can have a big impact on your output and your costs, as you will need to make sure that your equipment are running with minimum downtime and problems.
The flotation tires are wider and are often used as agriculture tires. They can distribute
the pressure to a larger area, so that the heavy equipment doesn’t destroy the
top layer of the soil. The tread is designed to both give you traction and
stability combined with a comfortable driving experience. Tractors often need
to be good for driving both on and off field, where the off field includes a
lot of road driving. Depending on your tractor use and how your fields are
placed and if you do additional contracting you need to select tires that are
optimized for your use case. If you make the wrong selection you will wear out
your tires too quickly.
You also need to select the right agricultural trailer tires. You
will most likely benefit of using flotation tires on your trailers as well, to
ensure that you have minimum soil compaction. You will need to take any steps
to ensure that you have the highest yield possible for your operation. That
includes taking every step to minimize the soil compaction and other areas that
might limit your yield. You can find the best tires in the technical tire
manual, where you can also find the proper tire pressure for the tires.
High quality tires will have low rolling resistance,
ensuring that you minimize your fuel costs as well as lower CO2
emissions. Environmental friendly agricultural business is becoming
increasingly more important. Low tire wear is also of essence, so that you
don’t have to invest in new tires more often than necessary. Investing in tires
that have low impact on your soil and has low degree of problems so that you
can maximize the up time, will add profits to your operations.
Drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles are looking for an enjoyable and environmentally responsible driving experience. When choosing tires for a hybrid or electric car, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between these cars and traditional cars. Electric and hybrid cars have battery packs that make them heavier than traditional cars that run on gasoline. This means that grip is even more important to allow proper braking. At the same time, obviously, the whole reason for driving an electric or hybrid car is to leave a smaller ecological footprint. This is why Nokian Tyres products an eco-friendly choice, as they have low rolling resistance to decrease the amount of energy needed for each trip. They offer low rolling resistance in their whole lineup of tires from summer to winter tires, all-season tires and all-weather tires. Low rolling resistance extends the distance an electric car can travel on each charge.
Nokian Tyres was the first tire
manufacturer to receive ISO 14001 environmental certification. All raw
materials used are the least harmful option, making Nokian Tyres the first tire
manufacturing company to eliminate the use of harmful oils in its tire compounds.
Only purified oils are used in tire production, never toxic or carcinogenic chemicals.
The company follows self-imposed strict science-based targets to lower
greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science. They have managed to
reduce energy consumption by 2.5% per production ton. When choosing tires from
Nokian Tyres, you are picking products that are good for you and less harmful
to the environment.
There are also driver-based
changes that can be made to positively impact our planet – simple things like
keeping the tires properly inflated. The reason for this is that properly
inflated tires reduce rolling resistance as the car’s fuel is used to provide
energy to propel the tires along the road. If you lower rolling resistance, the
car becomes more fuel-efficient and thereby lowers carbon dioxide emissions.
Since 2013 Nokian has reduced the rolling resistance of its tires by an average
of 8 percent, resulting in a reduction of 128 million kg of CO2.
If you care about the
environment, make low rolling resistance a high priority the next time you
choose a tire, keeping in mind the importance of properly inflated tires. It is
also important to buy tires from an environmentally conscious company because
even though 85 percent of the tire’s carbon footprint is generated during its
use, the other 15 percent comes from the way the tires are sourced and
New innovations in all-season tires allow for excellent driving performance even in the summer. It used to be the case that you needed dedicated summer tires to get excellent dry and wet traction on baking hot, slightly damp or wet roads. This is because summer tires are made of a tread compound (the mix of rubber and fillers that make up the tread) containing sticky additives for road grip in wet and dry conditions. They have a tread pattern that is shallower with straighter grooves than basic all season tires, with solid continuous ribs to keep the rubber in contact with the road. This used to be an advantage of summer tires compared to all-season tires; however, with advances in tire technologies, the all-season tires of today make the need for dedicated summer tires obsolete.
Some of these new innovations have been used in the Nokian eNTYRE all-season tires. This includes new technologies like cooling edges, polished grooves, 3D sipes, silent groove design and a hydroplaning indicator. This allows these tires to have excellent grip, great handling, quiet drive and low rolling resistance – in other words, the same benefits you see in a dedicated summer tire without the need to change tires after the summer season. Summer tires were originally considered the best choice to protect against hydroplaning from unexpected rain showers in the summer; however, with advances in all-season tires like the Nokian eNTYRE’s polished grooves technology, you will be well protected against hydroplaning. These polished grooves and slippery main grooves allow water to flow easily and effectively to reduce the risk of getting involved in accidents due to hydroplaning.
New all-season tires also allow for
better handling through a wider temperature range compared to summer tires that
get rigid in colder temperatures. The Nokian eNTYRE has 3D lock sipes that
stiffen the structure of the tires to reduce heat generation in the tires. This
helps withstand the stress of poorer road conditions and improve handling on
dry dusty summer roads.
The all-season tires of today offer
excellent wet and dry grip with the flexibility of year-round use. New technologies
like polished grooves and silent groove design make dedicated summer tires unnecessary.
All-season tires offer predictable handling for different conditions as well as
When making the decision about investing in all-season tires or all-weather tires, it is important to understand the difference between the two. All-season tires are often the tires that come on the car when purchased. The name “all-season” is misleading, though, as this tire is in fact not made for all seasons but for 3 seasons.
tires, on the other hand, are like a hybrid between all-season tires
and winter tires that are equipped to handle snow and ice and therefore carry
the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol. This symbol signifies that the tire
meets required performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe
This does necessarily not mean that
all-weather tires are a better choice than all-season tires, because the choice
really comes down to where you live and what kind of weather conditions you
will be experiencing. If the area where you reside experiences 3 out of 4
seasons, then all-season tires will be the best choice, providing the best
handling throughout the seasons and improved handling over all-weather tires in
There are many all-season tires on the market
– tires like the Nokian
zLine all-season tire, which provides excellent handling and stability. It offers
controlled driving comfort on both wet and dry surfaces. Polished grooves
facilitate the removal of water, slush and snow to prevent hydroplaning from
both water (aquaplaning) or slush (slushplaning). This is important, as hydroplaning
is a dangerous reality in the summer, when sudden rain showers increase the
chance of hydroplaning. In fact, hydroplaning is a major reason for accidents
in the summer. These tires will assure excellent handling, stability and
controlled driving comfort in 3 seasons or year-round in areas where winters
are mild. They are designed with many new technologies, like cooling edges,
which are diagonal sipes on the shoulder-area tread blocks. These sipes provide
better cooling to the hottest part of the tire, improving both handling and
The choice between all-season tires and
all-weather tires depends on where you live, keeping in mind that an all-season
tire handles better in the summer than an all-weather tire, as it does not need
to perform well in severe winter conditions.
All-season SUV tires are basically made for
year-round driving in areas with milder weather conditions, not with snow and
ice. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are like a hybrid between all-season
tires and winter tires, so they are equipped to handle snow and ice and
therefore carry the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol. This symbol signifies
that the tire meets required performance criteria in snow testing to be
considered severe snow service-rated. The choice between all-season and
all-weather tires really comes down to where you live and what kind of weather
conditions you will be experiencing. If the area where you reside experiences 3
out of 4 seasons then all-season tires will be the best choice, providing the
best handling throughout the season and improved handling in the summer.
There are many dedicated all-season tires
for SUVs on the market, products like the Nokian eNTYRE C/S all-season tire,
which provides durability without compromising safety or driving comfort. It drives
excellently on wet and dry surfaces. Even though it does handle well on asphalt,
it can also handle occasional light off-road driving with its durable puncture-resistant
sidewalls. Stability is improved with the new re-optimized placement of the
tread blocks with enforced shoulder areas. This tire will assure you get the
most out of your SUV, offering durability and protection even in off-road use
with its special sidewall compound, rendering them puncture-resistant. The
sidewall compound contains strong aramid fibers, the same ones used in the
aerospace and defense industries. It also offers predictable handling on wet
surfaces, protecting against hydroplaning while offering a comfortable and
the Nokian eNTYRE C/S feature the latest technologies for a safe,
uncompromising performance throughout the year in areas with 3 seasons. SUV all-weather tires are a better
option in areas experiencing severe winters. There is also the option of switching
all-season tires out for dedicated winter tires in the winter. It is important
to realize that since SUVs are larger and heavier, they require high-quality
tires to allow for the best grip and traction to allow for adequate braking.