Buy winter tires that you need
The summer is coming to end and you already think about the idea of having to choose your winter tires already scarying you. Therefore, we offer you a quick overview about these famous winter tires which, by the way, you will avoid a lot of trouble on snowy and icy roads.
No weather forecast is reliable enough to know what will happen this winter…
Winter tires, what is it?
Let’s start the review usefuly, providing simple explanations of several attributes of winter tires. Specially designed to cope with extremely cold weather, winter tires are characterized, first, by a soft rubber and a different structure of the traditional summer tires. They offer better traction for your vehicle, including removing easier mud, rain and even snow encrusted.
Identifiable markers M + S or little snowflake that adorns their flank, winter tires will be mounted during the transition to winter time (from late October to late March). In fact, it is recommended to perform this operation when the outside temperature is below 7 ° C.
Finally, know that it is best to remove winter tires in the summer, because they lose braking ability when temperatures rise. Also, in summer, they cause excessive fuel consumption.
Everything you have to know about winter tires
The tire is the part of your car that wears out quickly, it is also one that raises lot of questions from users. Therefore, it is often difficult for the average driver know what brand is better than an other.
Winter tires for whom?
It is sure that an individual residing in Provence may have less need for winter tires that someone living in the North of the hexagon, or in a hilly area. Of course!
It is therefore a matter left to the discretion of all, to see if it is useful or not to have winter tires. The regulation differ from different countries, apart from the mountains where suitable equipment is often imperative.
Winter tires, snow tires … What’s the difference?
Two names that come together very often … Snow tire and winter tire, and even downhill tire actually refer to the same class of equipment. They all are designed to provide an answer to the stringent requirements of a continental climate.
Be careful not to confuse Nordic winter tires and winter tires, the first one is specially developed to cope with extreme weather conditions.
Is it possible to mount winter tires on a 4×4?
Many 4×4 owners mistakenly believe that the full transfer of their vehicle is sufficient and that it is unecessary to have winter tires. WRONG!
For this kind of vehicle, snow, subject to more problems than a standard car, because of its mass. So it is better to equip it.
Can we change size for our winter tires?
This is important to know that you can’t put on your car upper size tire on your car. For know what size you need, refers to your manual.
Winter tires best performers
Better to choose your winter tire in office, not your vehicle, but your driving habits. There is now a huge variety of models of winter tires on the market and it’s easy to get lost. Here is a simple and subjective list of the most suitable according to your daily driving habits tires.
If you drive mainly in urban areas and on the motorway network, you will probably want a versatile tire, but it is especially resistant braking. Choose a tire Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 or even a Michelin Alpin A4 which are very good references.
If you are the type who enjoy mountain environments, promote a tire resists aquaplaning and enjoys a very good braking ability, such as Pirelli W190 Snowcontrol 3 or winter tire Hankook Winter ICEPT RS.
Finally, if your habits take you most often travel rural roads, you know very well that when winter comes, the country roads are often abandoned and therefore become very difficult to practice. Prefer in this case, ensuring a high performance tire. The Goodyear Ultragrip 8 Performance, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, or even a Continental Winter Contact TS850 tire, should avoid you many fears.
Our selection for city and sedans
– Continental TS 850, available from 14 to 17 inches: from 49.10€
– Goodyear Ultragrip 8, available from 13 to 19 inches: from 43,90 €
– Michelin Alpin A4, available from 14 to 17 inches: from 58.21€
– Nokian WR A3, available from 13 to 17 inches: from 45.20e
– Bridgestone Blizzak LM30, available from 14 to 16 inches: from 43.60€
A selection for sports
– Dunlop SP Wintersport 4D, available from 15 to 19 inches: from 65.80€
– Michelin Pilot Alpin 4, available from 17 to 21 inches: from 161.20€
Our favorite models for 4×4
– Michelin Xice Xi3 4×4, are 14 to 19 inches: from 71.95€
– Continental ContiCross winter: Available from 15 to 22 inches: from 58.90€
– ANKOOK WINTER I-CEPT EVO W310: Available from 15 to 20 inches: from 79.60€
The prices shown are the prices in effect at 09/08/2014.
Winter coming and, even on dry roads, summer tyres lose grip
Contrary to received ideas, winter tyres are not designed just for snow. Manufacturers tires recommend to mount winter tires when temperatures go below 7°. Because under this temperature, summer tires gum would not be suitable for safety reasons. many of our neighbors have forced their drivers to be fitted with such tires on the arrival of winter. This particularly case in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austrian, Luxembourg and also in parts of Italy.
Why install winter tires?
On summer tires, cold effect leads to harder rubber which significantly reduces grip. The profile of winter tires is specially adapted to the meteorological environment of the season. More rain, sleet, snow, thanks to their heavy grooves, winter tires will be better appropriate and will prevent the risk of aquaplaning. Winter Tyre also help to reduce the lengh of braking.
When do you need to change your tires?
It’s preferable to change your tyre when winter and low temperatures comes.
What tyres should I choose ?
For your safety, we take care to choose for you some products.
- Michelin: Alpin A3, Alpin A4, X-Ice XI3 … from 49,90€*
- Dunlop: SP Winter response, SP Winter response 2 … from 46,57€*
- Pirelli: Snowcontrol 2, Cinturato P4, Snowcontrol 3, Snowsport … from 38,64€*
- Continental: Winter Contact ts 800, Winter Contact 780, Winter Contact 850 ... from 46€*
*Price on the 19/08/2014