Whether you live in the city or country, or whether you drive a big or small vehicle, winter driving conditions and winter tires will impact your vehicle’s performance.
The biggest misconception drivers have when it comes to winter tires is believing that all-season tires are superior. Many drivers, for example, believe winter tires are only useful in regions with lots of snow. In fact, once temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius, winter tires perform better whether the road surface is dry, snow covered, slushy or icy. Winter tires also feature specialized rubber compounds that retain elasticity in temperatures below -30 degrees Celsius and treads that grip at cold temperatures. In fact, winter tires deliver up to 50 per cent more cold-weather traction than all-seasons.
Another misconception is that all-season or summer tires provide sufficient traction in winter. One of the most important advantages of winter tires is reduced stopping distance when braking. At temperatures just below freezing on dry pavement stopping distance for vehicles with all-season tires can be as much as 30 per cent longer than for vehicles with winter tires. They have also been shown to have better traction on a snowy surface at -40 degrees Celsius than an all-season tire has at plus four degrees Celsius.
Winter tires have special tread compounds that use more than one different kinds of features to improve traction. The rubber compound used is relatively soft. Generally speaking, the rubber in an all-season tire starts to lose elasticity and harden at a temperature of 7ºC, reducing grip. At -15ºC, this type of tire will have lost all its elasticity. On the other hand, a winter tire will only harden at around -40ºC. Therefore retaining its elasticity for much longer.
Outlined below, are a few recommended tips to prepare for winter driving conditions.
Finally, we have a winter tire promotion to offer to our clients at this time. Receive 30% OFF (plus installation) on the purchase of a new set of winter tires from Weissach. The first 50 customers will also receive FREE summer tire storage. Offer expires October 31st, 2017.
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