To make it a little easier for you in the choice of winter tires, we have here a review of the different types of winter tires, what to think about before buying, and tips on what is best in the north and south of our elongated country.
Do not wait too long to buy new winter tires. Winter is approaching with extraordinary autumn steps, and before you know it, the slipperiness is at the door. Now it is high time to check the winter tires so that they are fit for the winter. If you have to buy new ones, you should not wait until the last minute as delays in availability and transport can make up for it.
Get Your Winter Tires in Good Time and Think About the Environment
The tread depth on new winter tires is usually nine millimeters, and the limit for legal tires is three millimeters. But already at five millimeters, you should get new tires as the grip-ability quickly decreases with less tread depth than that.
At the same time, you should not place your order too late as there may be a lack of the suitable variant of the model you want. Talk to a specialist retailer or place your order via the internet well in advance to not be left without winter tires when the first snowflakes fall.
Contribute to the environment and choose winter tires that are kind to the road, health, and the car’s fuel consumption. There is often talk of studless tires as these do not tear up as many hazardous particles from the road, and with lower resistance, fuel consumption is not affected as much as with studded tires.
With that said, studded tires are getting better as development progresses. They are still not in the class with stud-free properties mentioned above, but they are also not as environmentally hazardous as several years ago.
Studded Tires or Studless
The most common question is whether to buy studded tires or studless. And this is all about where you intend to drive, what the roads look like and what type of car you have.
Studded tires are best for icy conditions and worse on bare ground as they tear up particles from the road surface, which are dangerous to us humans. At the same time, studded tires can help make up for studless tires, which then get a better grip on icy roads.
If you drive mainly in the northern part of the country, studded tires are best as the weather conditions mean you get a better grip with studded tires. If you live in the rest of Sweden, you should only drive with studded tires when the car has no anti-skid. If there is one, you should instead choose studless tires.
It can be tempting to buy the cheapest tires made for the Asian or Central European market. But keep in mind that they are not made for the winter road conditions here in the north, and the worst tires can be downright dangerous to have on the car.
This is because the tires are adapted for warmer weather and higher speeds on bare ground, not for snow and cold as here in the north. Add a few hundred bucks and choose the right tire for the right conditions instead.