Studded or non-studded winter tires?
Your choice of studded or non-studded winter tires depends on your needs. Both alternatives are wear-resistant and have superb driving qualities. By knowing their special characteristics, you can choose the type of tire that best matches your needs.
Snowy or Icy Roads
If you drive more on icy roads than on snowy ones in winter, studded tires are the choice for you. Studded tires are especially suitable if you live near the coast, where roads tend to be icy during the winter. Non-studded winter tires are a good choice for snowy roads.
Wet Ice and Packed Snow
If you have non-studded winter tires, you need to be particularly careful at crossroads etc. where there may be wet ice or hard-packed snow. Studded tires are superior to non-studded winter tires on wet ice and hard-packed snow.
If you appreciate tires that are quiet on bare roads, non-studded winter tires are the right choice for you.
Unpredictable Autumn Conditions
Non-studded winter tires can be mounted earlier in the autumn than studded tires. Once you have mounted non-studded winter tires, you don't need to worry about rapidly changing road conditions in autumn. Non-studded winter tires are also a good choice in spring, when temperature changes can be surprisingly rapid.
Non-studded winter tyres all-year round?
Coarse spring roads can be particularly wearing on all tires and non-studded winter tires are primarily designed and intended for winter use. Non-studded winter tires that have been unevenly worn by coarse spring roads are no match for good summer tires. Therefore we do not recommend the use of non-studded winter tires as all-season tires. Summer tires are the safest and most economic choice for summer driving.