Given the forecast of heavy snowfall, the authorities usually recommend motorists to avoid driving, but on many occasions drivers have no choice but to get on the road to get around, and that is when it is essential to do so with the car ready to face any unforeseen that may arise on the road, especially in winter.
For this reason, and against the use of chains or any other similar anti-skid device, the Tire Manufacturers Commission of the Rubber Consortium, which is the main manufacturers of the market, recommends the use of winter car tyres, a safer, better and more comfortable option for driving in severe winter conditions.
With the arrival of winter, the weather conditions that motorists encounter on the road are often unfavorable: wet asphalt, rain or even snow, as happened last weekend. Under these conditions, the use of a good winter tire can make a difference in such important aspects as traction, adhesion or braking.
The design of the winter tire is specially designed to achieve optimum performance against the low temperatures of this season, so they are a perfect option, especially if you usually drive on very cold roads, which may also be, wet or snowy.
Advantages of the winter tire versus a conventional summer tire
To drive more safely in the coldest months of the year, it is advisable to use winter tires. These are easily identifiable, since they have the “M + S” symbol marked on the flanks, which guarantees traction on snow or mud and with the pictogram of a mountain with three peaks with a snowflake inside (3PMSF), which certifies its behavior at low temperatures in braking and traction, ”recalls José Luis Rodríguez .
When temperatures are low, especially if they are below 7ºC , something common in many parts of our country, and even more so if the road is wet or snowy, the winter tire offers better performance when starting the movement of the vehicle (traction), maintain its trajectory (adhesion) or stop it (braking).
Thus, a vehicle that mounts winter tires and circulates at 80km / h on wet pavement and at temperatures below 7ºC will need six meters less to brake than one with a standard tire, that is, the winter tire would brake completely at 34 meters.
Designed for the cold
In that sense, the winter tire has a specific design that makes it optimal for winter, improving traction capacity, increasing braking capacity, reducing the risk of aquaplaning and even allowing it to circulate on snow without using chains.
The winter tire features a more trimmed and deeper tread pattern, which increases water evacuation capacity. It also has between six and eight times more lamellae than a conventional tire. In addition, its rubber compound, thanks to higher silica content, offers a better behavior against the cold temperatures of the winter season, while a standard or summer one behaves better at high temperatures.