The Finnish tyre company Nokian Tyres is well known especially for its world class range of winter tyres. The brand that is best known among its winter tyres are the Nokian Hakkapeliitta range. They come both as studded and non-studded tyre options. In the new line-up of tyres they have for Europe the have for the studded the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 and for the non-studded tyre option they have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3. Both these are also available for SUVs and are then called Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV, they can also be used for light trucks and 4x4s. When it comes to vans, they have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 and C3, where the C3 are the studded ones and the CR3 are the non-studded. Their range is also recommended for use on electric vehicles or hybrids. This is due to their tyre range being high wear resistant and they have low rolling resistance, which also gets you further on every charge.
They were actually the ones that invented the winter tyres, which they did in 1930-ies, when they developed the first winter tyres for trucks. Winter tyres for cars followed soon thereafter. In the 1960s the first studded tyres with metal studs were introduced. IN the 1970s the non-studded tyres were introduced, while the innovations have been continuous and the non-studded tyres are now very close in terms of performance to the studded tyres, even on ice. While years ago, it was that if you wanted really good winter tyres you basically only had the option of studded tyres and the friction tyres, as the non-studded tyres are often called, didn’t provide sufficient grip especially on icy roads.
The Nordic winters are some of the toughest and you have long harsh winters. Nokian Tyres also has the northernmost test center for tyre testing, often referred to as “white hell”. It is the most extreme test center and often used also by car manufacturers to test their cars. In these conditions you can test both the cars and the tyres in the most extreme conditions. If your tyres can perform well in Finnish winter conditions, most other winter conditions will be an easy feat for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta range.
Regardless if you choose studded or non-studded tyres, it is important to select premium tyres that can add safety and provide excellent performance as you drive. You will need both longitudinal and lateral grip when driving in slippery conditions. You will need to make sure that the tyres remain in good condition. You will need to regularly inspect them based on their visual condition, their tread depth and check the tyre pressure. Don’t drive with tyres that have some visual defects, visit your tyre service center and have them look at the tyres before driving any further. Change to new winter tyres if you have low tread depth (<4mm) and since tyre pressure is affected by temperature it is important to monitor it when you stop to refuel at the petrol station.
For more information regarding the range of winter tyres from Nokian Tyres, visit: https://www.nokiantyres.com/