Winter tires: when to change, how they’re safer when driving on snow – Detroit Free Press | CarTailz

Every day, several million drivers will make their vehicles safer in a way most Americans never consider—by switching to winter tires. It costs money, but less than most people expect, and the difference in steering, acceleration and braking is so great that drivers in many parts of the world wouldn’t think of it, on a sunny 36 Celsius day and a humid one Trusting the same tires day after day, 40F one, much less in an actual winter storm.

“The difference a winter tire makes is almost unimaginable,” said TJ Campbell, tire information and testing manager for retailer The Tire Rack.

“The braking distance is not comparable. Not just on ice and snow, but also on wet, cold and slippery surfaces.”

Part of the difference is obvious: Winter tires, sometimes called winter tires, have different tread patterns. However, like an iceberg, 90% of the substance is hidden beneath the surface. Winter tires are made from rubber compounds designed to improve traction at low temperatures. The tread’s ability to grab snow or disperse water is almost irrelevant.

Leave a Comment