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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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When choosing tires for electric cars and hybrids you should take into consideration the differences between the hybrid and electric cars versus combustion engine cars. The main difference between hybrid and combustion engine cars is that hybrid cars are powered by a combination of a gasoline and electricity generated by an electric motor. This very technologically advanced system uses computerized controls to enable hybrid vehicles to continually switch between the gasoline and electric engine, along with maintaining battery charge along with many other complex tasks. The batteries are what make the hybrid cars heavier than regular combustion engine cars and it is something to take into considerations when buying tires for them. If looking into tires that are winter approved and are recommended for hybrid cars it is important to look for tires that have good grip and traction to allow for proper braking while remaining fuel efficient, after all…

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Despite the name all-season tires, these tires should be used during warm season, but they can be used during spring, summer and autumn. In areas that don’t have freezing temperatures or no snow, ice or slush they can also be used during the winter season. This can be very confusing and has surely made lots of people to make the wrong choice. To be protected and able to drive safely during the winter season, you will need to have all-weather tires that are approved for winter use or then dedicated winter tires, which are tires that should only be used during the winter and should be paired with a set of all-season tires. All-season tires can handle all warm seasons. The rubber compound used in all-weather tires is optimized for both warm and cold temperatures, so that it can provide traction regardless of temperature. All-season tires become hard at low…

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