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.
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.
When should you invest in studded tires? Basically, nothing handles better on winter road than a studded winter tire. So, it really comes down to where you live and what kind of winter conditions you experience where you live. Living in upstate New York with very frequent winter storms, there is little question but to get studded winter tires put on your car. Icy and snowy conditions require a good winter tire to be safe. One family is experienced with driving in snow and ice but has two teenage daughters who just earned their drivers’ licenses, so their parents wanted the best tires possible to ensure their safety. They decided to invest in some high-quality winter tires but weren’t sure if they should choose studded tires or non-studded tires.
in the day, studded snow tires were the tires to have for winter conditions,
however there have been a lot of advances in rubber compounds along with other
technologies which make having studded winter tires less vital, although still
very helpful in certain conditions. Because of this family’s needs, they opted
for studded tires – more specifically
the Nokian Nordman 7.
Nokian Nordman 7 tires are available both with studs and without
studs, however the family opted for the factory-studded version. Since they live
on a hill, climbing ability also played a role when choosing tires. They needed
good traction to make it up the driveway and into the garage. One thing to
consider with studded tires is that they would be nosier on regular roads,
however as the roads are packed with snow in the winter where they live, noise won’t
be an issue.
Some of the other benefits of having invested in high quality winter tiresare improved braking, traction and safety. Winter tires stop faster on snow and ice than all-season or all-weather tires. This is because of the extra grip which maximizes traction, with the studs even more so. Winter tires are made of a flexible rubber compound as well as a unique tread design that is meant to be used 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.
Winter tires are especially designed to handle road conditions with snow and ice. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is designed to adapt to winter road conditions so you can drive with both safety and comfort. These non-studded tiresoffer excellent grip on icy and snowy roads.
of winter tires is that they have been tested and are officially approved for
winter use. They are marked with the “three-peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol”
signifying that it has been designed specifically for use in severe snow
conditions. With dedicated winter tires you can rest assured that no matter
what the weather conditions are where you live your Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
tires will be up for the challenge and you can count on maximum performance at
Hakkapeliitta R3 tires are designed with the most cutting edge technologies
such as “Biobased Cryo Crystal 3 grip particles” and “multi-faceted Snow Claws”.
These cryo crystal particles have been added to the rubber compound to improve
grip and this in combination with the multifaceted snow claws between the tread
block helps the overall grip on snow on ice both when accelerating and braking.
advantage of this non-studded tire is that there are no restrictions on its use
like with studded
means you can park in any garage which does not allow studded tires, you can keep
them on well into spring without causing damage to the roads. This allows you
to keep winter tires into the spring to
deal with the danger of hydroplaning due to slush (slushplaning) which is a
real risk with the melting of the snow and ice in the spring. The fact that
this tire does not have studs also give a quieter ride with less rolling
resistance which thereby assures better fuel economy.
the weather becomes warmer and the roads drier its highly recommended to change
into all-season tires, summer tires or all-weather tires. This is because the
winter tires are designed with softer rubber that remains soft even in extreme
cold to maintain good grip on the road. The warmer weather and dry pavement cause
the winter tread rubber to wear down quickly. So, when spring approaches it is
well advised to start looking around for new tires. Snow tires on your car are
like you wearing snow boots in the winter obviously you wouldn’t wear snow
boots to the beach but rather flip flops so the same should go for your car.
To increase safety, it’s very important to invest in good snow tires but what if you have SUV? I originally thought that if you have an SUV, winter tires were not necessary. This is however not so; it is actually even more important than with a passenger car as the SUV is a much heavier vehicle. So even though the 4-wheel drive allows you to have more traction you can only profit from this if you have good quality tires installed. This is because it’s the tires that grip the road giving you traction. Now that its established that you need good quality winter tires there is also the decision to make whether to get studded or non-studded tires. When should you consider studded tires versus non-studded tires? It comes down to what kind of driving you will be doing and what kind of winter conditions you will be encountering.
Do you need studded
tires on a SUV or do traditional non studded tires suffice? It basically
depends on what kind of driving you will be doing, where you live and what kind
of weather conditions you will be encountering. Nothing can beat the grip and
traction, especially lateral traction, that a studded winter tire can give.
Basically, the studded tires like the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV uses high
quality studs that give exceptional grip and traction especially lateral
traction which helps you remain in control of your car even on black ice.
There is one big
drawback with the studded tires and that is noise and the increase in rolling
resistance. This is something that is becoming less of a problem as new
technologies like the Nokian “eco stud system” emerge. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta
8 SUV tires also have an especially formulated compound underneath the studs to
help reduce the noise. So, to summarize, deciding to buy studded or non-studded tires you need to consider where you live, what you
drive, and your comfort level driving on snow and ice.
Winter tires are usually made of rubber compounds that
remain flexible and soft even in very cold winter temperatures. So, whether you
decide upon studded or non-studded winter tires for your SUV it remains the
best choice in cold weather conditions. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV will
provide the best traction to tackle both snow and ice this winter to assure
your family’s safety.
Our family just purchased a beautiful ranch property in Montana I realize I needed to invest in some good quality winter tiresto insure my family’s safety while driving on snow and ice. It is especially important to have good grip on the road as Montana can experience quite high winds, which make the driving conditions in the winter even more challenging. I decided to invest in the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 for our family car. Having shopped around I found that these non-studded tires were just what we needed to safely handle driving on the icy and snowy roads of Montana in the winter.
The reason I
considered buying dedicated winter tires was because I did not want to make any
compromises with my families safety and lets face it dedicated winter tires are
important when you live in a place like Montana with quite harsh winters. The
winter tires are especially made with a rubber compound that grabs the surface
to improve your grip on ice. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is able to handle
snow, slush and cold temperatures without any problems while having the lowest
tire noise and fuel consumption as compared with similar tires. The reason for
this astonishing grip is due to the “Cryo Crystals” technology of the tires.
Without getting to technical the rubber compound of the tires includes these
crystal-like particles that are as rough as diamonds thereby gripping the road
as studs, not bad for a non-studded tire and one of the main reasons I decided
not to purchase some studded-tires. This translates to better grip and the
possibility to stop quicker on the road even with slippery ice. This effective
grip will be maintained even as the tire wears down as these particles have
been spread evenly throughout the compound to add to the grip reserve.
I decided to
invest in dedicated winter tires as I felt with the Montana winters it was the
best choice however I realize that it’s not necessary for everyone to purchase
dedicated winter tires. There are many good quality all-weather tires and in
many parts of the country that might even have been the better option. However
having installed dedicated winter tires for the cold season it will maximize
the tread life of the summer, all-season or all-weather tires as they will not
then be used all year around.
To increase safety, it’s very important to invest in good snow tires especially if you live in an area of heavy snow and real winter conditions. Shopping for winter tires can be confusing as there are lots of different tires on the market. There is also the decision to make whether to get studded ornon-studded tires. When should you consider studded tires versus non-studded tires? It comes down to what kind of driving you will be doing and what kind of winter conditions you will be encountering. Living in Alaska and not being used to driving on snow and ice I personally decided to equip my car with studded-tires, more specifically the Nokian Nordman5. If winters are extreme in the area you come from you also should consider dedicated winter tires with or without studs even if they are not mandatory where you live.
How to know if you
should use a studded versus non-studded tires? Basically, the studded tires
like the Nokian Nordman 5 uses high quality studs that give exceptional grip
and traction especially lateral traction which helps you remain in control of
your car even on black ice. So, if the studded tires are so great why shouldn’t
everyone use them instead of the non-studded? Well there is one big drawback
with the studded tire and that is noise and the increase in rolling resistance.
This is something that is becoming less of a problem as new technologies like
the Nokian “eco stud system” emerge. The Nokian Nordman 5 tires also have an
especially formulated compound underneath the studs to help reduce the noise. When
deciding to buy studded or non-studded tires you should consider where you live,
what you drive, and your comfort level driving on snow and ice.
Winter tires are usually
made of rubber compounds that remain flexible and soft even under low
temperatures. So whether you decide upon studded or non-studded winter tires it
remains the best choice in cold weather conditions. The Nokian Nordman 5 tires are
also available in a non-studded version and with its highly grooved tread
pattern it performs well even non -studded. These grooves push heavy snow and
water aside to prevent hydroplaning both from aquaplaning and slushplaning.
This is a very important feature as slushplaning is probably more dangerous
than hydroplaning and it occurs when the snow melts to slush on the roads.
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.
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
Some of the
other benefits of having invested in a good pair of winter tiresis 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.
I think certain areas in North America, covering both the United States and Canada, should consider following some of the European countries that have made winter tires mandatory. Many car safety inventions have already become mandatory, such as seat belts, ABS-brakes, windshield wipers etc. The reason why they became mandatory is that they have helped save millions of lives. The same goes with winter tires. They have clearly improved winter driving safety in areas where harsh winter conditions are present.
Driving with summer tires in winter season is really dangerous. Their rubber compound is not made for low temperatures. When producing winter tires the rubber compound will be completely different, which ensures that the tires will be soft and flexible even in very low temperatures. When you use tires that are not designed for the conditions that you aim to drive in, you are not doing yourself any favor. The problem is that the tires, which are not designed for winter use, will become hard and inflexible. I tend to compare it to a hockey puck, which we all know has a purpose to glide well on ice.
When the tire is hard and inflexible, it can’t adapt to the road surface and you will lose the grip on slippery surfaces. You can’t expect to have good control over the car nor be able to get the car easily to stop, as the braking distance will be very long. It is dangerous to try to drive if the grip is poor and the car is difficult to control. A soft tire, on the other hand, allows the rubber to press into the road surface to create traction.
The only state in North America that requires winter tires – or snow tires as they are also known, is the province of Quebec. I think it should be mandatory to use tires that have been approved for winter use in the areas that experience harsh winter weather conditions and where temperatures are constantly below freezing.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have harsh winter weather, you may be able to manage with an all-weather tire that is approved for winter use. If you have harsh winters, it is recommended to change to winter tires that are either non-studded or studded. The studded tires provide excellent grip especially on ice, but they are not allowed to be used everywhere. On snow both studded and non-studded tires perform well. The key is that you somehow prepare yourself for winter, by having the correct tires.
A tire that is approved for use in winter is a tire that has been designed for winter use. It has been designed with winter in mind, so that the rubber compound will remain soft even at low winter temperatures. The tread has been optimized for the winter weather conditions that include, snow, slush and ice.
Summer tires have a rubber compound that is
vastly different from that of a winter tire. The rubber compound in a summer tire
will lose the grip when the temperatures drop because the rubber becomes hard;
therefore a rubber compound in a winter tire is completely different.
approved tire has the properties needed during wintertime. The grooves are
designed to handle snow and slush. The tread design is very different between
summer and winter tires. In winter you can have either non-studded
tires or studded tires, which will perform especially well on ice.
If you drive
with a winter approved tire, then you are ready for the winter when it arrives.
You can drive safely on snowy, icy and
slushy roads. It is definitely not safe to drive with tires that are not winter
approved when you have harsh winter conditions.