Only use winter tires in winter

As of 15thof March, the use of winter equipment is no longer obligatory on Slovenian roads, but some drivers have not yet decided to change tires. Goodyear’s experts advise the use of summer tires and emphasize significant performance advantages in comparison with winter tires. Summer tires provide more safety at higher temperatures, improved handling and grip as well as lower fuel consumption.

By choosing suitable tires and taking proper care of them, we have an important influence on our safety and the safety of other road users. Regardless of the number of kilometres travelled, it is therefore advisable to choose summer tires when warmer days come and save the winter tires for the next season.

Every tire in its own period

As the name itself suggests, summer and winter tires are specially adapted for driving under certain conditions and therefore differ in both the outer structure as well as the chemical composition of the rubber mixture. Winter tires have additional lamellas cut into individual blocksproviding better grip in snow and ice; summer tires have larger and more rigid tread blocks, which bend less when turning and braking. This kind of design provides tires with better grip and handling as well as shorter braking distance, which can be crucial in critical situations. The difference in the length of a braking distance between a winter and summer tire can be up to seven meters in favour of a summer tire at temperatures above 15 degrees Celsius, which represents almost a fifth of a braking distance of a modern vehicle from a speed of a 100 kilometres per hour to stopping.

Because of the higher amount of silica in the rubber compound, winter tires are significantly softer and, consequently, better at temperatures of up to seven degrees Celsius. However, if we use them in summer, they start to overheat, become harder and lose their features, also the tire wear and fuel consumption being much higher compared to summer tires.

In order for winter tires to retain their properties for the next season, a proper use is necessary and a proper storage is crucial. Goodyear’s experts advise to keep your tires in a dark, dry and cool place. Hang the tires mounted on rims on the brackets or stack them one on top of the other (max. four tires), and keep the tires without rims side by side in an upright position.

What about all-season tires?

All-season tires are, as their name suggests, intended to be used throughout the year and under all conditions. They are a sort of compromise, which means that they usually don’t have performances in true winter / summer conditions as the winter / summer tires have.

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Nejc Horvat

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