Since the tyres are such an important safety feature on your vehicle, it is important to listen to some good advice about them. This covers everything from what you should look at when you buy new tyres, how to maintain them and when to change them. For optimal safety you will need to make sure that you have the right tyre for the right season. Winter driving in winter conditions does require proper winter-approved tyres. It is dangerous and depending on the area also illegal to drive without winter tyres when you have winter conditions. 

Purchasing new tyres

When purchasing new tyres it is important to realize that all tyres are not the same, so you will need to gain some knowledge about tyres. By doing this you will hopefully also understand how important they are at determining the safety of your vehicle and how they can impact your vehicles performance. You will need to pair your vehicle with the correct tyres what comes to performance (speed, load), weather conditions (winter, summer), dimensions (passenger cars, SUV, vans, light trucks), type of engine (petrol, electric, hybrid) and type of surface (on road, off road). 

Once you have selected the correct type of tyre as it comes to dimensions and performance, the important part of selecting a tyre for the season will be of utter importance for your safety. You will have a few tyre options to choose between as you can opt to go for dedicated winter tyres, which means that you will alternate between summer tyres and winter tyres. Or then if you live in areas that don’t see that much winter, you can go for an all-weather tyre option. 

Maintaining your tyres

This step is to ensure that you maintain your tyres in good drivable condition so that they last as long as intended. 

Proper maintenance includes regular checking the tyres condition, which is done fairly quickly by seeing if they have any visual defects. A tyre service station should be consulted if you notice any visual defects on the tyres. 

You also need to check the tyres tread depth, so that you will know when they need to be changed to new ones. 

Tyre pressure should be checked regularly and it varies with temperature, so it is good to check it when you have big changes in temperature. Low tyre pressure increases the tyre wear and increases the fuel consumption of the vehicle. 

Rotation of the tyres, by alternating the front and rear position, will ensure that the tyres last longer and that all 4 tyres can be changed at the same time. Only changing 2 tyres is not good from a safety perspective as you will have different grip on front and rear position, which can cause over and under steering.

When to change tyres

Tyres should be changed to new ones when the tyres are worn out, which is determined by the tread depth. When it goes below 4 mm it is time to change to a new set of tyres. 

When it comes to seasonal changes, you will need to change before the winter weather arrives and change back to summer tyres when you are sure that the winter weather will not return. 

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