Winter tires should have a symbol with a mountaintop with a snowflake inside, often referred to as the 3PMSF-symbol. This symbol should be on the sidewall of the tire and indicates that the tire has been tested and approved for winter conditions. It is not enough with the M+S symbol, especially if you use the tires for on-road applications.
For on-road applications such as buses and trucks, there can be laws and regulations that you have to have that to drive in e.g. the Nordic countries. While other countries might not be regulated, but it is always advisable to have commercial winter tires when there are winter conditions, due to its proven safety.
So for buses carrying a lot of people onboard, safety should be key. It will also help the buses keep the timetable even during harsh winter weather. For heavy trucks, you want to make sure that they stay on the road and stay out of accidents. Also here tight timetables with deliveries will ensure higher profitability.
Also, some off-road equipment will perform better with winter tires, as you will have a much better grip and will be able to fulfill tasks faster and even do them in any weather conditions. Some industrial tires enable winter studs to be inserted into the tread.
Whenever you see the Nokian Tyres brand Nokian Hakkapeliitta, you know that you will get some of the best winter tires available on the market. This is regardless of your buying tires for your car or if you get commercial tires. Nokian Tyres made the first winter tires for trucks back in 1934, ever since they have been producing high-quality tires with constant development to make them better.
Nowadays in addition to trucks, there are also Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires for buses, tractor tires for agriculture, for earthmoving and road maintenance for articulated dump trucks, road grader and wheel loader with the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Loader tires. When you see vehicles with these tires you know that they have opted to invest in the best possible winter tires for those demanding occasions.
When e.g. your loaders have proper winter tractor tires, then when they drive on road between jobs, they can drive fast and safely both on and off the road. So you can get between jobs fast and can do the jobs quickly, that is produced when it matters.
For snow plowing jobs, it is essential to have winter tires. Finland’s airport e.g. is one of the best snow maintained airports when it snows or a storm comes. Snow clearing is a massive undertaking, removing snow from all roads, airports, parking areas, etc. to ensure that the country continues to work, despite heavy snowfalls. Proper winter tires will help here.
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