Winter Tire Facts ó Some Points To Keep In Mind

November 13, 2005

By: David Parker

Winter Tire Facts ó Some Points To Keep In Mind

Winter tire facts are nothing but safety tips and facts associated with winter season when roads are covered with heavy snow and tires have less traction and thereby poor grip on the road. For better vehicle safety, handling and performance in winter season when roads are covered with snow and ice, all we need are two pairs of winter tires. Apart from selecting these tires, the next important facts are that whether your tires are new or old, donít let the cold weather or ice deter you from monitoring tire pressure at least once a month. You can use all season tires all year, but the most important winter tire fact is that if you live in an area with a lot of snowfall where roads are covered with snow, it may be beneficial to use specially designed winter tires only. Winter tires have a more aggressive tread that will get more traction in snow and on ice than regular all-season tires. Putting winter tires on all four wheels is the preferred choice instead of putting just two tires, because every tire has its own importance. Letís see some more information about winter facts below.

Indeed winter tires are a must when roads are covered with heavy snow. However, one of the main disadvantages is that winter tires have more traction (25% more) but less directional stability, so they will feel somewhat less precise on dry pavement with respect to steering and braking. So it is always advisable to take some time and get familiarized to this different feeling on dry roads in a less populated area. With specially designed advanced winter tires the differences will be very subtle, as they are excellent on highway driving as well as on snow to provide that additional dry traction, but still differences are noticeable for sensitive drivers. It is better to drive in winter season with winter tires only over the snow or icy roads and instead of getting actually trapped in snowy roads better to get them installed during the Fall.

Itís not just the tire, but there are few other important points as well which we should always be kept in mind to drive safely in winter season. Never rush, be in control, and drive slowly and cautiously while on the snowy or icy roads. Also avoid sudden braking and cornering while on the snow as the grip is always poor as compared to dry road, no matter how excellent your tires may be. Moreover, use proper gear while ascending or descending the snow and ice covered roads as traction is poor, so chances of sliding are higher especially on steep turns. Next, use common sense while in snow or foggy weather like use of emergency lights and indicators, use of proper winter clothing and gear, have spare tools/items ready to meet any contingency, and stay with your vehicle and run the engine periodically.

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