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Nov 28 2019

Winter tires, why and when to equip, what are the advantages?


As soon as autumn arrives, temperatures drop suddenly, especially at night, and the roads become slippery. Signs that the winter season is not very far away. If the dress code gradually adapts to the cold, it is not always the same for the car.

Although they play a vital role in safety, too few drivers are equipped with winter tires, formerly known as snow tires.

The winter tire: what is it?

Sometimes called "snow tire", the winter tire differs from the summer tire by its design. When temperatures begin to fall, especially below 7 degrees, the gum tends to harden. As a result, summer tires lose some of their efficiency and, therefore, no longer adhere properly.

On the other hand, the winter tire rubber is softer, the grooves are deeper and its tread has slats that "hang" much better the road, promoting better traction. 

When to equip?

There is a trick that says "Change to wintertime = change to winter tires". The idea is not really wrong because it is usually at this time that the weather conditions begin to deteriorate. It is generally advisable to equip yourself as soon as temperatures fall below seven degrees.

In the past, we used to talk about "snow tires" that were specially mounted when the time came. Today, the winter tire has changed. Its structure, composition, and properties are specially adapted to winter conditions and the drop in temperatures must be a signal that it is time to equip.

Some people still think that it is useless as long as there is no snow; this idea is false.

Is it mandatory to have winter tires?

There is no such strict law for it. It is, therefore, possible to drive with the same tires whatever the season. However, this is a matter of common sense. Compared to the price of current cars, the game seems worth the candle and as we often hear, safety is priceless.

While this is a cost, the manufacturers have made great progress and now even the first price tires have proved their effectiveness

Be aware however that in some countries, it is mandatory to equip winter tires from November 1 in general. Remember to find out if you plan to cross our borders. In case of an accident or incident, your responsibility will be engaged in some cases if you are not equipped.

The benefits of the winter tire:

The properties of winter tires have been significantly improved in recent years and their effectiveness has been widely proven. To contribute to safety, their role is paramount as they are the only link of the car with the road. Below their main advantages:

  • Are suitable for low temperatures;
  • Reduce braking distances
  • Have a much better grip on slippery or snowy roads;
  • Optimize the control of the vehicle;
  • Decrease the risk of aquaplaning.

All-season tires: the right compromise?

In recent years, manufacturers have been offering all-season tires. Are they really effective? While this may be a good compromise, they also have their limitations. If we take the example of a multifunction tool capable of performing several tasks, we quickly realize that it is better to have one for each task.

It's a bit like all-season or mixed tires. They are certainly effective but less effective in summer than summer tires, and less effective in winter than winter tires.

Winter tires are becoming more and more popular, even though many drivers still prefer to make a standstill. However, they contribute greatly to safety in winter conditions and reduce the risk of accidents

While their price remains high, know that even an entry-level winter tire will always be more effective than a summer tire. Think about it!


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