When should you choose an all-weather tyre for your SUV?

SUV all-weather tyres

This is a quite simple question to answer, but it tends to depend on personal preferences as well. SUVs like all other vehicles will require winter tyres when they will be used in winter conditions. Winter conditions are not only when the ground is covered in snow and ice, but it already starts when the temperatures drop constantly below zero degrees Celsius. It is at this stage that the summer tyres will become hard and will not be able to conform to the surface that you drive on. The rubber in winter tyres however is able to remain soft and will be pressed into the cavities of the surface, increasing the friction and thus the grip. When this disappears and you have a summer tyre with no tread design to create any friction, then you basically have massively reduced grip and traction.

This is why it is dangerous to drive with summer tyres when you have winter conditions. When you face ice and snow, you have a small chance to avoid an accident with tyres that are hard and that have no grip or other winter tyre properties. If you will be driving in snowy conditions you can choose to go change tyres between the seasons, so that you have summer tyres and winter tyres and alternate these as the season changes. You also have the option to choose a winter approved all-weather tyre, which you can use all year round. The dedicated winter tyres are the best on snow and ice, but the all-weather tyres fair pretty well in mild winter conditions. You should under no circumstances try to use a summer tyre all the year if you will experience some winter conditions during the year.

So the choice comes down to how much and how severe winter conditions you on average tend to have where you live. If the winters are extreme then go for the winter tyres, if they are quite mild and you want to be able to drive regardless of weather forecast then go for an all-weather tyre for your car or an SUV all-weather tyre for your SUV. You can avoid having to change tyres and trying to predict when to actually do the change so that you don’t end up with summer tyres when the winter weather comes back for another few days during springtime.

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