In recent years, more and more car owners, saving on the purchase of a new set of summer tires, continue to drive winter tires in the warm season, mistakenly believing that the behavior of the car does not practically change or even becomes more reliable compared to the snowy road.
Safety or saving?
The company’s specialists decided in an accessible form to explain to drivers what troubles could lie in wait at the wheel of a car shod out of season.
7 reasons why you will not like winter tires in summer
1. Blurred steering reactions
Soft elastic rubber, streaked with thin grooves, very well clings to ice and frozen asphalt. But at positive temperature, it works like a pillow between cars and the road. Each movement of the steering wheel becomes a little blurry and inhibited due to such an additional ‘shock absorber’. Think a trifle? And Continental researchers using instruments proved that in warm weather, driving accuracy on winter tires is reduced by 15% compared to summer models. The faster you move, the harder it will be to go around an obstacle. The difference between winter and summer tires you will already feel at an average city speed.
2. The increased braking distance
A soft protector can present other unpleasant sensations. The higher the temperature of the asphalt, the worse the winter tire clings to it, which means it becomes more difficult for you to brake in time. Continental experts during the tests found that the braking distance at a speed of 100 km / h is about 6 meters longer than on summer tires – and this is significantly larger than the body of an average passenger car. Than this threatens the drivers and the rest of the participants in the movement, we think no need to explain.
3. Increased noise
To ensure good traction on ice and snow, winter tires give a huge number of protruding edges. To do this, the tread blocks are made of complex shape with chopped edges, in addition, the tire is equipped with toothy sidewalls and many transverse grooves. All these faces alternately hit the road, creating a monotonous hum. And with a studded tire, each spike also sounds like a little hammer. Of course, Continental engineers are doing everything possible to reduce noise, for example, by providing uneven size and pitch blocks to reduce resonance. But far from summer tires with continuous longitudinal tread ribs and rounded patterns for acoustic comfort, winter models are far.
4. Increased fuel consumption
Softened in the summer tires of winter tires, and even with a large number of grip edges, rolls on asphalt much worse than a dense summer rubber mixture. It is also more difficult to twist such wheels for the engine, which means that fuel consumption increases. Are you ready to drop by the gas station more often and leave extra money there?
5. Attention from the traffic police
The technical regulation of the Customs Union, which includes our country, prohibits the operation of vehicles equipped with tires with anti-skid spikes in the summer. Our lawmakers have not really decided on the punishment for this misconduct, but still it’s not worth creating an extra reason for the nit-picking by the traffic police.
6. Quick rubber wear
Continental experts have proven that increased wear of winter tires begins already at an average daily temperature of +7 degrees. And in the heat, these tires begin to fray like a school eraser. So, having decided to ride all year round on one set, you will not save on tires. Well, the fact that the ‘bald’, and even soft, the tread is unsafe – you, we believe, yourself understand.
7. Unpleasant cornering
Do you like a gamble ride, catch a breeze on bends? On winter tires in the summer, you are unlikely to succeed. With lateral acceleration in corners, the winter tread with its many blocks and grooves breaks, as it were, and the rubber mixture already clings unreliably to the road. So be prepared that a sharp drift or demolition can occur completely unexpectedly. A little like driving pleasure, isn’t it?
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