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.
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