Studded Winter Tyres
At Nordentyres you can buy cheap winter tyres online. We offer the highest quality studded tires from all the leading manufacturers, and at great prices. In general, the law requires that studded tyres have a tread of at least 0.11". But just like summer tyres we recommend ample tread depth clearance for studded winter tyres. To measure the depth, insert a good-sized coin in the tread. The space between the bottom of the tread and the number on the coin is about 0.11". Find the right tyres for your car by selecting the correct tyre size. The tyre size you should use is specified in the instruction manual. Are you still not sure about the tyre size you need? You can find out everything you want to know about tyre sizes and studded tires in our tyre school.
We offer studded tyres from manufacturers like Nokian, Michelin, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho and AGI. At Nordentyres we also carry the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7, a multiple test winner, in our selection.
Unique features of studded tyres
Studded tyres are the best option if you live in northern regions where snow and ice are prevalent in winter. Studded tyres are composed of different rubber mixtures all of which perform extremely well in cold conditions. Small studs of metal are inserted in the rubber which helps tyres keep a grip on slippery surfaces and make driving safe and stable. In addition to the studs, tyres should have a deep tread. For people who face winter driving conditions studded tyres are by far the best choice for grip and braking. It is important to choose studded tires approved for northern winter conditions. We carry the finest best studded tyres on the market at Nordentyres. When you purchase new studded tyres, it is important that you break them in carefully so the tyres will function optimally. The tyres are considered broken-in after 248-310 miles. If broken in properly, the studs will settle and increase the life of the tyres. Note that you cannot replace lost studs on a tyre. When a number of studs fall off or are worn down, it's time to replace the studded tyres and we are happy to help. Contact our customer service if you have any questions regarding your studded tyres.
What does the law state?
The laws governing studded tyres vary from country to country. Check in your country to be on the safe side. In Great Britain, studded tyres are permitted in snowy conditions. By snowy conditions is meant of course the presence of ice, snow, slush or frost on the roads. In the event that winter-like conditions are expected, studded tyres may be used. To qualify as a winter tyre anywhere, the tyre must be made solely for this purpose. The tyres are manufactured with rubber mixtures that cannot freeze. Using summer tyres is dangerous because the rubber can freeze and become hard. The tyres must also be marked with the letters S and M indicating that they can handle snow and slush. We do not recommend relying on the new EU labelling for winter tyres in Nordic regions. Combining friction tyres and studded tyres is strictly prohibited. Nor is it permissible to combine summer and winter tyres. Tyre tread depth must be at least 0.11" for winter use, although we strongly advise a deeper depth. If you are towing a trailer, the trailer tyres must be identical to the tyres on the car in order to avoid skidding. If your car tyres are studded. then the trailer tyres must also be studded.
Are there good alternatives to studded tyres?
Today, high tech winter tyres without studs are available which are perfectly suited for winter driving. Friction tyres are also available and function very well in winter conditions. They may be a better option for winter driving depending on where you live and the roads you normally use. In general, studded tyres perform best on icy roads and friction tyres on snow-covered roads. You can read more about these tyres under the tab, friction tyres. We at Nordentyres have a wide range of both studded and friction tyres from many different manufacturers.
Studded tyres and the environment
The disadvantage of studded tyres is that they can be harmful to the environment. Some countries have banned or restricted the use of studded tyres. For example, studded tyres are prohibited for use in Germany and Poland. The reason for this is that when studded tyres are used on bare asphalt the wear of the studs creates tiny particles that generate air pollution. Experts do not yet agree on whether these particles are harmful, so more research is still needed. Studded tyres are now more environmentally friendly than ever due to the use of more environmentally-friendly raw materials and manufacturing processes.
Maintenance of studded tyres
For your studded tyres to last as long as possible while maintaining optimal performance, proper care must be taken. Check tyre air pressure regularly. Store tyres according to the instructions in a dry, cool, dark place when you do not use them. Clean the tyres occasionally. Remember that your driving style has an enormous impact on your tyres. Try to avoid sudden acceleration and braking. Ideally, studded tyres should not be used on asphalt as this causes heavy wear on the studs.