Winter weather can range from melted asphalt on mild days to black ice, roads covered in packed snow, and a swamp between lanes.
A good winter tire provides driving comfort and is safe in all winter conditions.
Tire selection can also affect the economy and environmental friendliness of driving.
Indeed, more and more motorists also value the tire's performance on milder winter days, as well as various features related to driving comfort, economy and environmental friendliness.
The most important feature of winter tires has traditionally been performance on ice, but as winters become milder, the tires must be able to respond to changing weather conditions.
When choosing winter tires, you should consider the following:
1. Hold on ice and snow
- In the most demanding winter conditions, high-quality tires are an important safety factor.
Changing lanes on a highway or joining heavy traffic at an icy intersection can be challenging, not to mention black ice.
The Nordic winter tire also has to respond to fast, unexpected braking on snow packed in traffic lights, for example.
The manageability of the tire must also be reliable on snow-covered roads that have undergone grooves, says Mikko Liukkula, Development Manager of Nokian Tires.
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Nokian Tires' new Hakkapeliitta 10 tire meets the challenges of the iciest winter days with innovative double stud technology.
The studs in the center of the tire improve traction when accelerating and braking.
The pins in the shoulder area provide grip in bends and lane changes.
The new surface rubber compound also strengthens the grip, as it remains flexible and retains its grip even in severe frosts.
2. Stability on bare roads
Carefully designed tire structure and tread pattern as well as high-quality materials make the tire stiffer.
It gives precision to the driving response on bare asphalt.
Driving is also more carefree when the tire is directionally stable in the wear grooves.
- Product development and material choices differentiate quality tires from cheaper ones and make the tire more functional in different conditions.
Hakkapeliitta 10 was designed to operate from mild winter days to bumpy frosts, so grip and stability can be found in any weather.
The most dangerous winters in winter are on the icy ice and polante.
Nokian Tires' latest studded tire especially brings safety to the slippest conditions of all, says Liukkula.
3. Enjoyment of winter driving
Tire noise has a greater impact on driving comfort all the time, as winters are less snowy.
Electric car owners also appreciate the quiet go.
The quality of a tire usually correlates with the sound level, so those who want driving comfort should invest in quality tires.
- Good friction tires, such as the Hakkapeliitta R3, have been a typical choice for keeping quiet, but nowadays there are also quiet alternatives to studded tires.
When developing Hakkapeliitta 10, we did a lot of research and testing to reduce tire noise.
The added damping layer under the stud and the optimized stud spacing make the inner noise caused by the tire exceptionally low.
Hakkapeliitta 10 EV, tailored for electric cars, takes driving comfort to a whole new level thanks to its Silent Drive damping technology, says Liukkula.
Good friction tires have been a typical choice for keeping quiet, but nowadays there are also quiet alternatives to studded tires.
4. Fuel savings and environmental friendliness
Driving is visible in the wallet, but tire selection can affect costs.
A high-quality winter tire is durable in terms of both its service life and the environment.
- Reducing rolling resistance is important in Nokian Tires' product development, as it brings fuel savings or increases operating range and reduces harmful emissions.
Reducing road wear and extending tire life are also important goals for us, says Katriina Markkula, Nokian Tires' Development Manager.
The inventive use of raw materials also makes Hakkapeliitta 10 more environmentally friendly.
The surface rubber compound uses several renewable raw materials, such as pine resin and rapeseed oil.
More than 50 percent of all oils used in the blend are bio-based.
5. Make sure the friction tire is suitable for northern winter conditions
A lower amount of snow does not mean that the roads are less slippery.
When water and slush freeze during the night, motorists have to cope with slippery mornings and deceptive black ice.
The EU labeling of tires was renewed earlier this year.
The new ice retention label will help you choose friction tires that are safe for northern winter weather.
- Friction tires used in Central Europe do not succeed in the Finnish winter.
Friction tires intended for Central Europe are optimized for wetter conditions, while friction tires designed for winter winters in the north, such as Hakkapeliitta R3, also keep on ice, Markkula reminds.
The EU label should be examined when making a tire anyway, as it also shows the fuel economy of the tire and the level of tire noise.
Find the right Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires for your car here.