It’s currently Autumn, the season car enthusiasts like the most. The leaves start to fall, the temperature become ideal for top down or windows down motoring and the driving scenery is superb. But it’s also the time of year when car enthusiasts must ready their cars for winters.
Making sure the cars wipers are new, the coolant is filled with 50/50 antifreeze and not just water and that the washer fluid has de-icer in it. However, this is pretty trivial stuff. The most important winter check of all is tires. You must make sure that your tires are ready for winter and it’s more important than most people think.
Tires are probably the most important wear-and-tear item on a car. Tires keep the vehicle connected to the ground, so bad tires equals no traction and no traction equals a crash, especially in slush, snow and hail. Audis have Quattro all-wheel drive which does aid in traction, but without good tires that Quattro system is worth very little. More driven wheels are nice, but worthless without good tires. Period.
But how to use winter tires can be tricky because it’s expensive to change tires every six months, so often times customers buy one set of a second set of tires that will have winter tires on them and the first set can have whatever kind of tires you want. This way, you can switch to the second set of wheels every winter and it will only cost you the original cost of the second set of wheels and the tires. But being that winter is only a few months, you can keep the same set of tires for a couple of years and save money every year on tires. This is the easiest way to do it, though it isn’t exactly cheap.
Or just buy a set of winter tires and hold onto them and have them put on during winter and taken off after it. However, you would have to pay for the mounting and balancing of the tires at the beginning and end of each winter season.
Another option is get all-season tires and run them all year round. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad idea and is by far the most cost effective option. However, this isn’t ideal in areas with severely bad winters, as all-season tires are only moderately effective in snow and slush even with all-wheel drive. But if your winters are mild, this isn’t a bad option. So let’s take a look at a great set of all-season tires and a great set of winter tires, from a fantastic tire brand, for your Audi.
All-Seasons: For tires that you can keep on your car all year long and not have to worry about bad weather, unless conditions get extreme, look no further than the Nokian WR A3. Nokian, a Finnish tire maker, makes some of the best tires winter tires in the world and their all-seasons are equally as excellent. Much of Europe gets far worse winters than we’ll experience in the US and these WR A3 tires are designed to handle all of what Europe’s weather can throw at them. But besides their grip and safety, they’re also incredibly quiet and comfortable, thanks to Nokian’s Silent Sidewall Technology.
Winter Tires: Nokian’s winter tires are its real strong point. The best compromise for price and winter safety is Nokian’s Hakkapeliitta R2 tires. These tires are extremely safe in extreme weather conditions and are possibly the best winter tires on the market. Finland is famous for its extreme winters and the Finnish are famous for their winter driving skills. So Nokian knows a bit about driving in extreme conditions. But not only are the Kakkapeliitta R2 tires extremely safe and high-performing but they’re also efficient and have very low rolling resistance. In fact, it’s the world’s first winter tire with an A energy rating.
If you drive a high-performance luxury sports car, like an Audi, you should be able to use its performance all year long. To do so, you need quality winter tires if you live in a snowy area. Nokian can provide you those tires to make your Audi just as fun and fast in the winter as it is in the summer.