Nokian Winter Driving School offers cold weather tips
As the manufacturer of more than 20 test-topping winter tyres in 2012 tests conducted by German car magazines “Auto Bild”, “Auto Motor Sport” and “AUTOStraßenverkehr”, Nokian knows a thing or two about winter driving. And to help its customers supplement their knowledge and skills the Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Winter Driving School is now online, available in English, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish.
“Our Winter Driving School provides instructions for setting up your car in the winter, and for surviving different driving conditions, on icy roads as well as during snowfall or freezing weather. When driving on slippery roads, you should remember that doubling your speed will quadruple your braking distance,” says Matti Morri, technical customer service manager from Nokian Tyres.
The Winter Driving School hands out information by means of both illustrative videos and texts, in addition to a test of winter driving knowledge. Drivers can also find tips for winter driving in the blogs of the world’s leading winter tyre manufacturer’s professionals, also hosted by the site.
Like last winter, Nokian has dozens of test drivers who write in their blogs about their experiences in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The consumer testing and blogging programme will now also be initiated in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, and Russia.
In his latest blog post, technical customer service manager Matti Morri provides tips for tyre selection: “Information that you should give to the tyre dealer includes the car’s make and model as well as the manufacturer’s size recommendations, and the type of use and driving that you intend to use the tyres for. Then, the dealer can assess if you need tyres for high speeds or, for example, family use, where convenient driving and safety are the most important properties of the tyre.
“However, the consumer should be careful when purchasing tyres, particularly over the Internet. For example, when buying tyres for the winter from an online shop, a common mistake is that after finding tyres at a suitable price, the buyer forgets to check if the tyres are designed for the rather easy conditions that prevail in Central Europe or the demanding northern conditions. The safest option is to choose tyres that are suitable for one’s own driving habits and requirements, and that were designed for the conditions in the country where they will be used.”