Winter Tyres have become a necessity in the Europe soon after Canada and Alaska started using them. But winter car tyres vary, in designs, specifications, uses, and it is hard to decide which one to go for, if you are new to the concept. Have a look at the few most commonly used winter tyres online, see their pros and cons, and decide which are going to be your best buy this winter.
Non-Studded Winter Tyres: These are the most common tyres used in the European Continent during winters. These can also said to be cheap tyres as they are quite economical. They have got more sipes, which help getting better grip in the snow and slush than standard/summer tyres. Their tread design helps gain better traction on snowy roads, where normal tyres are not capable of even moving the vehicle. They also have an effective braking and do not let the vehicle skid on the roads. They work well in temperatures under 7 degrees because the high silica content rubber compound of tyres keep them from freezing or becoming hard on winter roads.Metal-Studded Winter Tyres: As the name suggests, these are the tyres with metal studs inserted on the top fabricated layer of them, known as the jacket. The pin is made of a high performance ceramic called tungsten carbide. A softer base hooks the metal stud into tyre, and as the tyre wears out, so does the softer base, to maintain the proportion of metal stud to that of the tyre base. The pin should at least be 1mm away from the tyre to function, or to retain the grasp over snow. The are about 100 moulds in a normal metal studded tyre, but if a stud drops off from the mould, it cannot be inserted again, because of the pressure that builds up within.These tyres are great if you need to drive on thick snow. But if used on normal roads, they would damage the surface and cause hydroplaning hazard. Thus, they are banned in most parts of the world and in the snowy areas, it is restricted to drive with them during summer months.All Season/Weather Tyres: They work reasonably good in both summer and winter conditions. Made up of high silica content they give themselves the flexibility required on winter roads, sipes that hold on any surface and tread pattern to drain the water from melting snow off. But it must be kept in mind that all season/weather tyres can’t be used in extreme winters or snow-capped roads. They are generally good, but you might need a specialist in the extremes or while driving for longer miles.