Studded snow tires are the best solutions for slippery and dangerous roads during winter season. They are specialty tires designed to withstand extreme temperature changes that affect the highways and roads during extreme weather. Winter brings snow fall and the formation of ice sheets on land as well. Driving becomes undeniably more difficult during the cold seasons as thick layers of ice and snow cover most public roads and highways. The traction between the tires and concrete is less favorable during later the autumn and winter months, which in turn makes it necessary for vehicle owners to replace their regular set of tires with studded snow tires instead.
Studded snow tires promote safe driving on snow and icy roads. They are relatively narrower than all-season tires or tires that are used in normal driving conditions. In addition, deeper treads are characteristic of studded snow tires as well as softer and flexible materials. All these qualities result in more reliable tires that feature increased traction and enhanced safety to motorists during winter months.
Studded tires are worth the investment, especially among vehicle owners who live in geographical regions that experience harsh winters. Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Norway encounters long, hard winters making it a requirement for motorists to equip their tires with studs. Even four-wheel drives and vehicles that are made for rough terrain need to replace their tires with four studded snow tires to ensure safety and avoid accidents while on the road.
Studded snow tires are heavy duty in nature. They are installed with metal studs that are made from tungsten carbide and protrudes beyond the tread surface, which in turn provide better traction and grip between the vehicle and the pavement. Studded snow tires are known to use a vehicle’s centrifugal forces and its own weight to deliver increased traction as it drives along a snowy or icy road or highway.
The studs that are placed on the tires’ tread portion are made from metal and are featured in various sizes and depths. Studs are then placed firmly onto the treads by a flange at the base. The design of the studs ensures that they promote optimum traction and grip even in the harshest of winter months.
Vehicle owners can purchase Mud and Snow (M&S) tires come in a variety of tread depths, but typically these types of tires are at least 12/32” inches to make it ideal for driving in snow and ice sheets. Currently, there are five different tread depths for snow tires. Accordingly, there are also five stud lengths that correspond to them. They are color-coded by stud manufacturers to facilitate easier matching of studs with its corresponding tire or vice versa.
Majority of studded snow tires feature 80- to 100 studs that are molded in the tread design. There are also snow tires that feature pre installed studs, making it easier for vehicle owners to use them right away. If you’re snow tire is not yet installed with studs, you may need the assistance of experts for proper installation. In addition, there are tools that need to be sourced that were only made for tire stud installation. When studs are inserted incorrectly, they will not perform their main function; that which is to increase the traction; thus making it dangerous to speed up when driving on snow and ice sheets.
If the stud’s length is too short or if the studs are inserted far and deep into the treads, there will be no protrusion, thus making it impossible to achieve the desirable grip that studded snow tires commonly feature.
On the other hand, if the studs are too long and or are inserted shallowly into the treads, they will not perform their original function as well. There is a large chance that the studs will be ejected while driving in treacherous snowy and icy roads.
Vehicle owners should remember that studs can only be installed in new snow tires. You cannot use them on a set of snow tires that were used during the previous winter season. This should be followed to ensure effectiveness of the studs and to avoid accidents that may happen while driving during the winter season. Consequently, studs that were used from the previous winter season should not be installed on new snow tires as these studs already are worn out and will be unable to perform its function too. Do not skimp on studded snow tires as its utilization during icy and snow months will save your life from dangers brought about by slippery pavements and roads.
Studded snow tires should never be used during spring or summer seasons. It is recommended to take out your set of snow tires once the snow and ice clear up. Since snow tires and tire studs are more prone to wear and tear, they are known to be less reliable in dry and hot weather conditions. In addition, studs are known to damage the surface of public roads and highways. Hydroplaning is more likely to happen on roads that are damaged and cracked by studded snow tires. Millions of tax payers’ money goes to the rehabilitation of pavements and roads due to studded snow tires. In the United States, there are several states that prohibit and ban the use of studded snow tires:
Before installing studded snow tires onto your tires, be sure to check in with your city or municipality regulations as well. This is to ensure that the installation of studded snow tires is legal in your territory so you can avoid paying exorbitant fees due to traffic and safety violations or rules.