By comparing tyres you will find the perfect match
Tyre tests by motoring magazines compare thoroughly the different studded and non-studded winter tyres on the market and their performance on ice, snow and wet roads. Whether you are choosing winter or summer tyres, you should keep in mind the following:
- As well as the overall score, pay attention to the subtests for different properties, such as ice grip, driving comfort or fuel economy.
- Consider the other users of the car and their driving experience in addition to your own preferences when choosing new tyres. For improved safety, the tyres for a shared family car should be chosen to suit the least experienced driver.
- Moreover, the tyre tests show how much the tyres on the market differ in terms of road safety. The difference in braking distance, for example, may be more than 20 metres between the best and poorest tyre in the test.
- The costs of driving are another reason why tyre tests should be examined more closely, as rolling resistance amounts to approximately 20% of the vehicle’s fuel consumption. The lower the rolling resistance, the lower the fuel consumption. Despite the common misconception, winter tyres usually have lower rolling resistance than most summer tyres.
- The tyre choice may also affect driving comfort. The softer rubber compound makes non-studded winter tyres quieter than studded winter tyres. However, modern stud technology has significantly reduced the noise of studded tyres.