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Continuous testing and improving is key for most industries and definitely the case when it comes to producing great winter tires. The best producers will keep testing their tires and continuously improve them. Nokian Tyres have excellent testing facilities in Ivalo in Northern Finland. The ability to test in real winter conditions and try to improve the performance on icy and snowy surfaces is critical. Nokian Tyres has definitely led the development within the winter tire field since they launched the world’s first winter tire some 85 years ago. A producer that doesn’t have the possibility to continuously test tires in real conditions and try to improve the tires, will not be as competitive when it comes to producing great performance. Copying a function or feature from a tested tire, might not yield the same performance. Therefore, high-quality winter and snow tires can really give you the extra performance and…

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I think everyone who has driven a car during the winter period agrees that it is by far the most challenging period to drive in. You have all the challenges of snow, ice, and even slush. They all form different challenges and more so if you don’t have the correct tires for them. The tires are specifically designed to successfully cope with these weather conditions, so when you have the correct tires on your car, you will be safe, while if you have the wrong tires, you can be in real danger. You need high-quality winter tires to make sure that they can easily navigate through these conditions. All-season tires are not approved for winter use and should therefore not be used. It does not only require good premium quality winter tires for you to keep safe; you will also need to make sure that you have them mounted on…

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If you own one of those big SUVs, you will need to ensure that you have proper premium winter tires suited for a large SUV. When you drive during the winter in winter conditions, you need to make sure that you use premium winter tires on your SUV. Having winter tires means that you can drive safely in winter conditions. SUVs are larger and heavier vehicles than standard passenger cars. If the SUV is an electric or hybrid, it will be even more heavy. For heavier vehicles, good grip and traction are critical, making winter tires even more important. A heavy SUV will most likely start sliding if you are on a steep and icy slope with all-season tires. Even before the winter weather arrives, you will need to change the tires on your SUV to winter-approved tires. You don’t want to end up with the wrong tires mounted on…

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The two major issues that people have with electric cars are that the initial investment is higher. The second is that people worry about the range of the battery and the limited battery life. As innovations continue on all fronts, electric vehicles are improving. If you are not sure, hybrid vehicles are a good way to combine the lower fuel costs associated with electric vehicles with the assurance of being able to drive the vehicle with gasoline when needed and be able to refuel at a gas station if you need to go longer distances. The batteries are also charged by the combustion engine and the regenerative braking. By adding special tires with a very low rolling distance, electric vehicles have been able to increase their driving range. Today, several tires are recommended for use on electric vehicles, and some are even specially made for them. When you purchase a…

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People tend to spend a lot of time choosing a car for their families; however, limited or no consideration is given to the tires. They accept the tires that came with the vehicle, which tend to be all-season tires, and they might purchase a set of winter tires from the car dealer without much consideration. However, when these tires need replacing, they might be overwhelmed by choice of tires available on the market nowadays. Things to consider when you purchase a new set of tires are the type of driving you will do, what kind of vehicle you have, what are the different weather conditions you will need to navigate through, and, last but not least, your budget. If you have a high-performance car, you should look into some premium sporty tires – like the Nokian zLine A/S – with an appropriate speed rating, which indicates the speed the maximum…

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When you have a bigger car like an SUV, you tend to be more safe when driving compared to normal passenger cars. This is based on survival statistics from accidents. In an SUV you sit higher up and you have a heavier vehicle. These heavier and larger SUVs will require different tires with different features than car tires. This is because both the height and weight of the SUV require that the SUV tires will be stable when you drive and that you have tires that can still offer these heavy vehicles a short braking distance. SUV tires will need to be able to handle the higher weight and both lateral and longitudinal grip to compensate for the side forces caused by the taller vehicle. When it comes to tires, you have all-season tires for the warm seasons of the year and then you have winter tires that you should…

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There are some real benefits with non-studded tires compared to studded tires with the main benefit being that their use is not restricted as with studded tires. In fact, only 7 States allow unrestricted use of studded tires. With new innovations in tire technologies the new generation of non-studded tires perform virtually the same as studded tires. In addition, not all winter weather conditions call for studded tires. In winter weather that doesn’t have lots of ice and hardpacked snow, non-studded winter tires will suffice. This is because the main reason for the studs is to dig into ice and very hard packed ice. In other winter conditions the performance of regular non-studded tires might even exceed the performance of studded tires. This is because if the road is not covered with ice and hard-packed snow then the studs actually decrease traction potential. On wet or dry roads, the tire…

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Winter tires should not be used other seasons but winter. This is important not only due to the damage the winter tires can do to the roads but also due to the damage the increased temperature can do to the tires. The disadvantages therefore of winter tires are the fact that they are made only for the winter season and as such their use is limited to winter alone and if using studded tires, even more so. This is because studded tires and their dates when they can be used are even more limited and in some States their use is even forbidden. There is no doubt that winter tires both studded and non-studded tires are great for severe winters with lots of snow and ice with studded tires performing the best on hardpacked snow and ice. However, when using dedicated snow tires, when to change into winter tires as…

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When you are in the process of buying new tires, you will need to make sure that you both select the right tire type and the correct size. Tire dimension should be according to the recommendations given by the owner’s manual. If you change the dimensions of the tires, the driving behavior will change as well as the speedometer and odometer will not show the correct reading. This makes it very important that you don’t just get the size based on your belief or assumption, but you actually check the correct size before purchasing a new set of tires. There tends to be a big discrepancy in knowledge when it comes to tires. People don’t understand all properties and also the importance of tires for the overall safety of the vehicle. If you try to change the size of the tires for looks, you actually alter the performance of the…

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It is important to change out of winter tires after the winter season. Not only because of the damage that they can do to the roads but also due to the damage that the increased temperature can do to the winter tires. The disadvantages therefore of winter tires are the fact that they are made only for the winter season and as such their use is limited to winter alone. If using studded tires their dates when they can be used becomes even more limited and in some States their use is even forbidden. In addition, it is complicated to know when to change into winter tires as well as out of them as winter does not come on a certain date and varies quite a bit from State to State. In general, it is recommended to switch out of winter tires (studded or non-studded) when temperatures stay consistently above…

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