Large SUVs are slowly becoming all-round vehicles. Nevertheless, SUVs have their limits, especially when it comes to poor weather conditions. It is highly recommended to use off-road winter tyres in order to be able to safely maneuver on snow and ice. However, all off-road winter tyres are not created equal.
In theory, all of the tyres with an M+S symbol should be suitable for both summer and winter. In poor weather conditions, however, all-season tyres have many weaknesses and are only slightly more efficient than summer tyres. Differences in the traction are not that noticeable. Thanks to all-wheel drives, SUVs also handle well on rough terrain. Here, the difference between all-season tyres and winter tyres is just under 20 percent. However, when it comes to braking, off-road winter tyres are far superior. Comparison tests have demonstrated the differences between summer tyres, all-season tyres, and winter tyres. At speeds of 50 or 35 km/h, SUVs with winter tyres come to a halt much quicker than those with summer or all-season tyres. A deciding factor that can mean the difference between shock and collision.
First of all, winter tyres must have the snow symbol. Winter tyres are often confused with all-season tyres . “True” winter tyres are not required by law; the M+S variant can also be used. However, installing winter tyres will increase your safety. In addition, winter tyres must also have the correct pressure. This is generally lower than that of summer tyres and will vary depending on terrain. Under normal conditions, higher air pressures leads to good driveability and low fuel consumption. A lower air pressure offers more driving safety but leads to increased fuel consumption and tyre wear. It is particularly important to remove off-road winter tyres as soon as the winter is over. Otherwise, the tyres will be quickly destroyed on dry, warm asphalt. Before purchasing tyres, you should also pay attention to the correct size. There are special SUV sizes. However, many winter tyres for normal cars are also installed on SUVs.
Even among off-road winter tyres, there can be considerable differences. Some models are more suitable for use on cleared or wet roads, while others are better suited for snow and ice as well as for off-road terrain. These can be easily recognized by the coarser tread. The leading manufacturers of off-road winter tyres are Michelin, Vredestein, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, and Goodyear, which all provide good and reliable solutions.
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