tire buying guide

understand your weather, choose the right tire

#whatsyourweather

What's the right tire for your climate? 

Finding the answer can be challenging, but getting it right is crucial to your safety. We've made it easier to choose the right tire with this helpful guide!

All season tires

All season tires, like our Nokian Tyres One family, are meant to be driven in temperatures of 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) and above. Their rubber compounds and tread patterns are built for high performance and durability on spring and summer roads, but they are not designed to drive in snow and ice. In fact, even when roads are dry, all season tires tend to lose much of their grip when temperatures fall below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which hardens their rubber compounds and lowers their responsiveness to the road.

all weather tires

All weather tires are rated for winter use, but suitable to drive year-round in areas where winter is unpredictable. Our all weather tires feature the severe service emblem (also known as the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake), which indicates they meet the necessary standards to be certified in winter weather. The symbol also indicates the tires are legal for winter driving in places that require winter tires during that season. Nokian Tyres invented the winter tire and created the first all weather tire. We’ve made four generations of the latter, including our most recent all weather tires, the Nokian Tyres Outpost family, and the Nokian Tyres WR G4 family.

Winter Tires

The winter tire is the foundation of Nokian Tyres. Our business was built on inventing snow tires that could safely withstand harsh Finnish winters - and this is how our flagship Hakkapeliitta winter tire was born. Winter tires, often referred to as snow tires, are designed to be driven in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), and are certified with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake. Winter tires have softer compounds that remain flexible in figid temperatures, allowing for more precise contact with snowy, icy and cold surfaces.  In extreme winter conditions there’s nothing safer than a dedicated winter tire, like our newest studded range: the Hakkapeliitta 10. The latest non-studded generation of our flagship snow tire is headed your way in fall 2022: the Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R5, R5 SUV and R5 EV.

FIND A DEALER NEAR YOU

Hopefully our Tire Guide has given you a better understanding of what tire type is right for you and the area(s) where you drive. Our retailers can provide even further insight into what tire you should choose. Visit our dealer locator to find a tire shop near you.