Every vehicle owner gets a lot riding on their tires. Imagine all the technology necessary to brake, accelerate, take corners, and maintain vehicle stability. These technologies are transmitted through the contact patches between the road and a vehicle. Tires are the limiting factor for the majority of what your car can do.
You have probably read or heard about winter tires improving safety and reducing the possibility of collision. These tires feature an improved traction, handling, and braking in ice or snow. Also, installing them may save you money on your car insurance premium. But, if these positive features still don’t impress you, here are things to take into account:
Great Stopping Distance
When you drive your car at 60 km/h in winter conditions, even if there is no snow or ice, the stopping distance can be up to sixty feet shorter with snow tires compared with all-season tires. This can make the difference between a risky collision and a safe stop.
Awesome Traction Capability
Sure, it is an advantage to drive an all-wheel vehicle in winter conditions as the vehicle can accelerate in slippery conditions. But, in terms of braking, a two-wheel vehicle and a four-wheel vehicle don’t work the same. Indeed, traction capability in cold weather depends more on the kind of tires your vehicle has instead of the number of wheels. Therefore, even if you have a 4×4, you still need winter tires.
Special Rubber Compound
While snow tires have more aggressive tread pattern for biting ice and snow, their main power lies in their rubber compound. These tires are made with a special rubber compound designed for greater performance at very low temperatures. Their rubber stays softer at temperatures lower than 7 degrees Celsius. As a result, the tires can stick to the road and give better traction and shorter braking distances than other kinds of tires.
Even if you use snow tires, you must not mix tires with various tread patterns, internal construction, tread wear, or size unless your vehicle manufacturer specifies it. Snow tires require the same linear and lateral traction in all four wheels so that the vehicle will not spin out and lose control. If your front wheels have snow tires and the back have all-seasons, the front will give better traction while the back will slide. This could result in your vehicle spinning out or fishtailing. Therefore, if you want a uniform performance and movement, install four snow tires at the same time.