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Tire Focus Mar, 7 2018

Winter Tires


Winter tires are particularly effective under difficult environmental conditions (snow, ice and mud) and at low temperatures, below +7°C (44.6°F). During the winter season, tires play a crucial role in the vehicles overall safety and performance. As temperatures drop, standard (non-winter) compound characteristics show decreased elasticity. This results in a reduced contact area and therefore overall grip. The need for greater mobility and improved safety in winter conditions has led to high demand for winter tires. To better understand the benefits of a winter tire, we must understand that its properties are geared towards “ cold temperature” performance.

Why use winters tires?

Much too often, winter tires are portrayed as “ snow tires.” The truth is, winter tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but they are intended to provide optimal performance in cold weather temperatures as well. Therefore, even in the absence of snow on the road surface, your winter tires will continue to provide you with the performance and safety you expect, thanks to the soft compound mix capable of withstanding extreme temperatures.

Benefits of winter tires

  • Excellent ride comfort and safety
  • Exceptional grip in cold conditions
  • Superior braking capabilities on ice and snow
  • Outstanding resistance against aquaplaning
  • Superb wet and dry handling
  • Enhanced vehicle stability control (VSC) operation
  • Smoother take-off when equipped with traction control (TRAC)

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