Everything you need to know about winter tires

Everything you need to know about winter tires


Summer is over, so it’s time to
start thinking about winter tires. In this video I’m going to explain
everything about winter tires. Everything that is important for consumers,
so we’re not going to plunge into the technology. I got some rims with tires here and I brought
my own car. It’s still on summer tires. You can see the difference between this summer
tire, this summer tire, and the winter tire. It has more tread and more grooves. Those grooves
make sure you have more traction in the snow. There are more “teeth” to grab the snow.
The rubber compound is different as well. A winter tire is softer. This means that at
low temperatures, rubber gets more stiff. This is why a winter tire has softer rubber,
so it stays supple. There are also all-season, all-weather or 4-season
tires. Those aren’t really good for any season. When looking at the differences between these
tires, you see a compromise isn’t a good idea. A tire like that performs OK in winter. You won’t get
stuck immediately, but in summer it’s OK as well. A summer tire performs better at high
temperatures. It has a closed tread pattern. These aren’t very sporty tires,
but these on the ground are more so. You see it has more rubber to touch dry roads. The key question is when do you need them and
do you really need them in the Netherlands? You can argue about that. The tire industry
says that winter tires are better below 45˚F. In winter, temperatures often
get below 45˚F in the Netherlands. You don’t notice much difference
between winter and summer tires then. When do you notice?
When it’s snowing, icy roads, etc. Do you really need winter tires
in the Netherlands? I say no. But if you keep your summer tires in winter,
you have to adjust your driving in the snow. This means you’ll have to stay home
or depart later, after the roads are cleared. If you can’t do that, because you have to travel far
for your work and can’t stay home because of snow, it’s best to get winter tires, or hope
it won’t snow or freeze this winter. The rest of Europe has different
rules for winter tires. They’re not compulsory in the Netherlands
and Belgium. Neither are they in Germany. There you need tires that match the weather. If it’s snowing in Germany,
you can choose not to drive. The same goes for Austria, but on certain mountain
roads winter tires or snow chains are compulsory. You’ll have to use these, not just own them. In France and Switzerland there
are rules like that as well, but winter tires aren’t really compulsory
in our neighboring countries. However, it is compulsory to have tires
that match the weather conditions. A tip: wear gloves. Tires are dirty. These are
mechanics gloves with rubber for grip. It’s best to store your tires on a tire stand. Never
store them like this, because you’ll get a flat spot. You want to lie them down and stack them.
Make sure the stack is stable, so your kid won’t upset it when fetching
the bike. These things are very heavy. It’s hard to lift it with 1 hand. Preferably store them
in the wine cellar. Not too hot or cold, and dark, so the tires will be preserved. What to watch out
for when buying new or second-hand winter tires? New is easier, when only the size matters. Winter tires are usually slimmer to
perform better in snow and rain. With wide tires, the water has to travel further,
so there’s a bigger chance of aquaplaning. The brand is important as well.
I always choose top brands. I always try to persuade my family and friends to
spend extra, because the differences are huge. There are a lot of top brands, e.g. Vredestein,
Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli, Michelin, Yokohama, Nokian, Firestone, Uniroyal…
Those are top brand tires. When you don’t know the brand,
google it and compare prices. If they’re a lot cheaper,
they’re usually of lesser quality. Tires are a safety item, so you shouldn’t be thrifty.
That were the new and second-hand tires. What to watch out for when you’re buying
second-hand tires? Inspect the whole tire. Roll it and feel with gloved hands for strange
things. You don’t want repairs to the sidewalls. Those are the spots where you can get a blowout. Tread depth is very important as well, especially for
a winter tire. A new winter tire has 9mm of tread. A summer tire has less; 7mm. Legally you’re allowed
to go as low as 1.6mm, but that’s very low. You should’ve replaced your summer tires at
2mm. Winter tires should be replaced at 4mm. How do you measure this? This looks fine
by me. This is a tread depth measuring tool. Put it in like this and press. This is about 7mm of
tread. You should measure middle, left and right. If the car wasn’t aligned well, the side will wear. This
doesn’t have to be disastrous, but measure well. Another important thing to check is the tires’ age. Summer tires are OK with 6 years, winter tires last
3-4 years. That’s because of the rubber compound. The tires sweat oil and get dry, making
them less safe. How to check a tire’s age? On every tire you can find a production
date. You’ll have to look for it. I’m putting down this Vredestein tire. Wrong side.
Be careful as not to damage the rim. Here it says 46-14, so these tires were produced
in week 46 of 2014, at the end of the year. These are things to watch out for when
buying used summer or winter tires. Still, you’re better off with used top brand tires in
good condition than with new cheap off-brand tires. Subtitles – Maru’s Text Support

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  1. Ik heb erg goede ervaring met Viking SnowTech, niet erg bekend in Nederland maar zeer goed. In het verleden Continental gehad voor de winter en Viking is minstens net zo goed.

  2. In Nederland heb je genoeg aan winterbanden
    Je krijgt pas problemen met winterbanden met hoge temperaturen +snelheid en aangezien het niet heel lang heel warm is en je in Nederland niet hard kunt rijden
    Zeg ik neem winterbanden

  3. En dit is helemaal waar. Heb zelf jaren in de banden gezeten en dit kan je rustig aan nemen. Mooie Audi trouwens. Jammer van die kinderachtige kleur alleen 😉

  4. I thought winter tires are a waste of money until I started observing cars in ski resorts and how many of them are struggling in snow (especially big suv's with summer tires x5,ml,q7 etc). Huge difference! 4×4 isn't all you need in snow…that tought me a lesson

  5. Nice review. Just FYI there are different winter tires for mid vs north EU. Mid EUs are harder, better for tarmac and autobahn, for north they are softer with better snow grip, but they don't last on tarmac. For north Continental and Nokian rules.

  6. godverdomme wat voor achterlijk niveau denk je dat ik heb ik zelfs autoweek is nog interessanter dan deze eindeloze zooi reclame rot alstublieft op uit mijn abonnement feed ik verwijder deze meuk.

  7. Ik denk dat je in het Hollandse klimaat gewoon veel beter af bent met een all-season band van de nieuwste generatie zoals de Michelin CrossClimate of Goodyear Vector Gen 2.

  8. voor nedelands klimaat, all season banden zijn voldoende ..natuurlijk afhankelijk van de auto (vermogen n gewicht) n rijstijl.

  9. Hoezo Powered by Marktplaats? Omdat een gebruikt setje banden of velgen te koop zetten tegenwoordig een godsvermogen kost op Marktplaats?

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