Winter 2014: Why winter tires?

Winter tires are not only important for use in snow!

We all know the usual excuses: "I'm not going to the mountains or I'm just going to town." Or the hobby meteorologists who can predict what winter will be like as early as October. True to the motto: “It will definitely not snow”.

And what if?

Winter tires have a significantly softer rubber compound than summer tires and winter tires have a different profile. While the changes in the profile can also be seen as a layman, not all drivers are aware of the changed rubber compounds.

Made from special compounds that are tailored for low temperatures, winter tires have a special tire profile that counteracts the risk of aquaplaning. The tread ensures grip and safety even in snow and reduces the braking distance considerably: compared to summer tires, this saves 10% in rain and low temperatures, and even more than 20% in snow. And that can be significantly more than the length of a vehicle.

It doesn't matter whether it's just getting cold or whether you're really out in the mountains. The M + S tire is only a real winter tire if there is a snowflake on the flank in addition to the M + S symbol. Then you have to deal with a special rubber mixture for the winter.

Of course, the purchase of winter tires means an investment and additional costs for changing tires: but you also save. Namely trouble. And you just drive safer and if you have to explain to your insurance company why you were still driving with summer tires in winter, you won't do yourself a favor!

If you have little experience on ice and snow, you should think about whether you want to complete a driving safety training course in the snow.

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