Winter tires are the best tires to have during the winter season if you have snow and ice. They help save lives by making sure that all vehicles that frequent our roads have sufficient grip for safe driving. Some countries have made it mandatory for vehicles during the winter season to have winter tires.
The tires can be either studded or non-studded and in some cases also winter approved all-weather tires. When it comes to truck and bus tires they tend not to be pre-studded, but they come with marked places for effective studding.
Studs provide better grip on ice and is to be preferred in areas where they are allowed and there tends to be a lot of icy surfaces.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires are the golden standard when it comes to winter tires, as it was Nokian Tyres that invented the winter tires. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta brand is synonymous with excellent grip in all winter conditions with excellent safety record. These are the tires that you want to have on everything from your buses and trucks to your own car.
Nokian Tyres invented the winter tires 1934 for the Nordic winters, as there was a demand for tires that would have grip on snow and ice.
The year 1936 saw the launch of its Hakkapeliitta brand intended for passenger cars.
In 1961 the first tires intended for studding where launched.
Today the Nordics require by law that winter tires are used during December until March and it includes heavy traffic such as buses and trucks.
Winter tires that have passed the specific stringent winter tests have the 3PMSF (3 peak mountain with a snowflake inside it)-symbol on the sidewall. This is not the same as the M+S sign that just shows that the tires have good grip on mud and snow.