With sub-zero temperatures coming, the roads will transform a lot and there will be plenty of little and bigger accidents coming, as drivers are not aware of the new road conditions.There will be ice and snow. Sometimes they are together with soft snow covering a very slippery ice road. To stay safe and have a good grip, it is very important to have good tyres.
Few winters ago when I was driving a Subaru I was convinced that all-wheel-drive is the magical solution, but learned fast, that without the right tyres either a front-wheel or rear-wheel-drive car has no less problem getting going, plus they do have a clear advantage getting back to the stop, thanks to the right tyre choice.
Sure all-wheel-drive might help to you get moving, but it has big problems getting back to a full stop, and that’s why there are so many accidents in traffic with drivers crashing even on slow speeds into the car in front.It is very important to be aware in which conditions you will be driving, to pick the right tyres.
In short a two-wheel drive car on winter tyres is better than a four-wheel-drive car on summer tyres, but a four-wheel drive car with the right winter tyres is obviously the best pick. Having lived most of my life in the nordics, even the standard winter tyres are not enough sometimes and to get a good grip you either need winter tyres with studs or special snow chains.
Most winter tyres today are without the studs, made of a different compund than the summer tyres, featuring also a different thread. Tyres with studs are not approved in many countries as they are not good for the roads.
That’s when the snow chains come in, offering also extra grip and a flexible usage. If you ever go to the country side and know your standard winter tyres might not be enough it is good to have a set of snow chains in the trunk. Easy to install and your car truly transforms into something much more capable.
Remember, don’t get too excited as even snow chains have their limits and it is always wise to have food, water, fuel, full mobiile phone and warm clothes when taking trips that take you off the standard roads.