Tire change on the car? Then you risk a hefty fine

Tire change on the car Then you risk a hefty

Soon it will be time to change the soles on the car. During the autumn and winter, our cars have had some form of winter tires on them to cope with the road conditions.

From March 31, you can change to summer tires and from April 15, it is forbidden to continue driving with studded tires.

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It’s almost time to change to summer tires on the car. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

So that you have the right conditions before the tire change has News24 been in contact with the car chain Mekonomen to find out what applies before the summer soles are due in 2024.

The company’s chain manager, Madeleine Westerlingtells, among other things, when you may be able to bypass the rule about when the tires must be changed.

– If we ignore the date and millimeters, the main rule if you can change to summer tires is that there are no winter road conditions. If this is the case, the rule that summer tires must be used from 1 April can be circumvented. It is the Police Authority that decides whether there are winter road conditions or not.

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For example, if you drive with the wrong tread depth, you risk a fine. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT & Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT4 things you must know before changing to summer tires

So that you don’t risk fines along the roads and to avoid that you miss anything before the tire change, Westerling gives four concrete tips that you should keep in mind to increase your knowledge before the tire change.

– In addition to keeping track of the dates and which road laws apply, Mekonomen always stresses how important it is to be careful with safety.

1. Review the status of current summer tires before you book an appointment for a wheel change.

– The law says that summer tires must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 millimeters in the tire’s main pattern, but we recommend that it should be at least three millimeters to provide good friction and safe properties on wet roads. Always contact your workshop in case of the slightest uncertainty.

2. There are big differences between brand new summer tires and tires that are a few years old.

– That, combined with how much your tires have rolled over these years, can make it worth investing in a set of brand new summer tires, says Madeleine Westerling.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask your garage for help navigating an ever-growing tire jungle.

– It is difficult to know exactly what is required for your car to give you a safe and comfortable experience.

Examples of these questions could be: How do you drive? How much do you drive? Premium tires? Budget? Electric and hybrid vehicles?

4. Can you drive with all-year tires?

– We generally advise against driving with these tires. There are a number of tire tests that have been done that show that they are not good enough on summer road conditions and sometimes downright dangerous on winter road conditions, she says, adding:

– Our strong recommendation is to always use quality winter tires, either studded tires or Nordic friction tires and then change to a set of good summer tires.

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Photo: Nora Lorek/TT Tire change? Then you risk a fine

In the event that you have the wrong tires or the wrong tread depth, you risk a hefty fine if the police stop you and carry out a check.

Then you can risk a fine:

  • If, against the odds, you were to drive with winter tires during the summer. Then you risk a fine of up to SEK 1,000.
  • For example, if you travel on a road with a ban on studded tyres, you can risk a fine of SEK 1,000.
  • If you have the wrong pattern depth, you risk a fine of SEK 1,200.
  • If you drive with a combination of studded and unstudded tires on the same vehicle, you risk a fine of SEK 1,000.
  • – In addition to keeping track of the dates and which road laws apply, we always stress how important it is to be careful with safety, says Madeleine Westerling.

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