Choosing winter tires can be a complicated process, can't it? There are so many factors to look out for when buying tires, how do you know what to look for? Find out more!
First of all, when should we install our winter tires? The deadline is now December 1st, but we should install them as soon as the temperature is -7 degrees Celsius, because below this temperature, winter tires lose their grip and it becomes more dangerous. We therefore advise you not to wait when the cold weather sets in.
Secondly, how to choose them? It depends on several factors, here they are.
You probably know that not all vehicles have the same size tires. It should be the same as your summer tires. This information is written on the side of the tire, for example P225/60 R16. The first number indicates the width in mm; the second is the ratio between the height of the tire (sidewall) and the width of the tread; the third is the inside diameter in inches. This is the size you should take for your tires.
Road conditions are very important factors when choosing your tires. Are you more often on the highway, in the city or on rural roads? We ask, because it influences your purchase! Better quality tires are recommended if you drive long distances. If you drive mostly in the city, tires with a good price-quality ratio will do the trick.
Buying used tires? You can check for wear with a quarter coin by taking the coin between your thumb and forefinger, head down. Next, locate a spot on your tire where the tread looks the most worn and insert the head at that point. If the head is completely hidden, you are driving with the legal and safe tread depth. On the other hand, if you can see the entire head, the tire's ability to grip in harder weather will be less safe. That's it!
Do you have questions about the different winter tires or would you like to plan the installation of these tires so you don't get stuck? Call us, it will be our pleasure to look at it with you!