Winter tires are a science in themselves. Depending on the type of vehicle (e.g. small car, sports car, SUV/off-road vehicle, van/transporter, etc.), winter tires are recommended.), the type of drive (front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive) and, last but not least, the geographical conditions and the individual type of use, the choice of the optimum winter tires can become an intensive task. The specialists at reifen24 or the workshop you trust will be happy to help you make the right choice.
important are not only the grip properties on wet, leaf-covered, icy and snow-covered roads, but also the much softer rubber compound compared to summer tires, which always provides optimum grip even at the lowest temperatures. That is why the use of winter tires is recommended above a certain temperature limit, even if weather conditions are not yet severe. A rough guide value for this is around 7 degrees celsius. If the thermometer falls below this value, summer tires can quickly reach their limits, as the comparatively hard rubber compound no longer provides sufficient grip. However, as outside temperatures can still fluctuate greatly in autumn and spring, it is simply advisable to adhere to the O to O rule.
Winter tires: workshop or change and store yourself?
every car driver should know it: the O to O rule. It states that winter tires should be fitted to the vehicle from october to easter. An easy-to-remember rule of thumb that can be used as a guide in germany. When the first leaves on the trees turn from lush green to the typical autumn colors, it’s time to take your vehicle to the workshop you trust. Many drivers also change their tires themselves, which is time-consuming and labor-intensive, but of course also results in a certain cost saving. The cost of a wheel change in the workshop can vary greatly. This already starts at the point, whether you go to an independent workshop or a contract workshop. Depending on the scope of the additional services booked (e.g. wheel balancing, tire pressure check, measurement of tread depth, storage of summer tires etc.) the price can rise quickly. Who has the necessary space to change his winter wheels or. summer tires themselves, and the necessary capacity to change the wheels themselves twice a year, should still pay attention to some important details. So the use of a torque wrench is strongly advised. Here you can find out in advance what torque you need for your steel or aluminum rims. Both too tight and too loose wheel bolts pose a high safety risk. At best, they only endanger the material. The correct storage of unused wheels is also relevant to safety and protects the material.