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Which Tyre To Choose - All Season Tyres Or Winter Tyres?

Which Tyre To Choose - All Season Tyres Or Winter Tyres?

Posted On 03 Oct, 2013

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Wherever you might live, it is almost certain that you will occasionally have to use your vehicle during winter. A question that many of us have to ask ourselves is whether winter tyres actually do work better than ‘all season tyres’. Certainly, each has positives .In 1997; Goodyear introduced Tiempo- the first tyre that came up with the concept of ‘all seasons’. The idea of these tyres was simple and very alluring to the customer; in no time they gained much popularity. Instead of the hassle of switching between regular and winter tyres, you could use one specific type all year round.

However, whilst all season tyres work perfectly in normal weather, there is an ongoing argument regarding their performance in winter. The rubber in all season tyres hardens and traction diminishes at around seven degrees. Winter tyres are manufactured and designed to keep their traction after the temperature falls well below this mark.

The reason that winter tyres work so well is because of their design. The tread or the grooves and indentations in the tyres are designed to be deep and to therefore keep snow and ice out. When ice gets inside a tire tread, the traction and stability between your vehicle and the road surface cannot be maintained. Winter tyres also have small slits inside the tread blocks themselves; it helps the ice and snow to escape. The silica components in the tyres help a lot as they allow the tyre to be flexible under any conditions, further aiding in the car’s stability.

In tests conducted by numerous companies to showcase the difference between the tyres, the winter variation illustrated its worth for the reasons listed above. Whilst all season tyres perform admirably, they simply do not have the benefits of real rubber and tread beneath them. For real road safety in winter, there really isn’t any other option aside from winter tyres.

In addition, for people going away on a skiing holiday or to extremely icy weather conditions, the importance of winter tyres cannot be emphasised enough. Hertz has a selection of winter weather accessories, from winter tyres, to ski holiday items such as ski racks and snow chains. Winter tyres do not have to be as much of a hassle as much as the fuss.

A few, simple changes in routine can keep you safe to drive all year long:

1. Make sure you buy four winter tyres, so that you don’t run the risk of being left high and dry without proper equipment.

2. Store off-season tyres in a cool and dry area. You can also consider covering them in black plastic bags to avoid dampness.

3. If you do not wish to change tyres manually each season, you can buy a set of inexpensive steel wheels. This would help you shorten the process and reduce the hassles of changing each tyre separately.

Lastly, remember that the cost of owning separate sets of tyres will be outweighed by the benefit of less wear and tear. This will lead to you needing to buy fewer tyres in the long run. Of course the rules for winter driving remain the same; double response time, drive slowly and be careful!

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