Advances in tyre technology has improved the performance of winter tyres to the point where studded tyres are only necessary in the most extreme conditions.
Modern winter tyres are made of a compound that remains supple in low temperatures. They are adaptable across a wide range of cold weather driving conditions, including snow, ice and wet and dry surfaces. This makes them a good all-round choice from autumn to spring.
Most studded tyres have tungsten encased metal pins embedded within their rugged treads patterns. These dig into an ice-covered surface to provide grip in conditions where a road is frozen solid. They are commonly used in regions where the temperature remains around freezing or below for long periods of winter.