Types of Tyres
To make your travel more enjoyable tyres are categorised by vehicle type, structure, season, pattern and various other special uses.
Winter tyres are widely used for passenger cars, light trucks, trucks and buses and are indispensable in regions with heavy snowfall. In general the treads of winter tyres are divided into small blocks to maximise driving performance in snow with the added traction capability of rug tread and the anti-side slip capability of rib tread.
Winter tyres are made of a special rubber that enables tyres to maintain a pliable grip without stiffening even at temperatures lower than 7 degrees celsius.
Winter tyres are divided largely into two types: studded and studless.
Studded Snow Tyre
Studded winter tyres have metal pins embedded in the tyre surface to improve traction and braking force on icy and snowy roads. It is important to ensure that the studs do not affect the tread design and that they are protruded and spaced evenly.
Studless Snow Tyre
While studded tyres show excellent performance on icy and snowy roads, they cause damage to road surfaces. Studless tyres are designed to have the highest traction capability possible on snowy or icy roads without stud pins.
All-season tyres have more tread kerfs than summer tyres and are intended to be used year-round in regions with a short period of snow.
Summer tyres are used widely in all seasons except winter. Low noise, high ride quality and steering stability are the top priorities for these tyres. Summer tyres are synonymous with regular tyres unless otherwise noted.
Tip for understanding!
What are "kerfs?"
Kerfs are thin slits or grooves cut in the tread.
They are formed by side blades affixed to the tyre curing mould
and are cut into the tread blocks in order to improve
braking force and anti-side slip capability.