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Goodyear explains importance of winter tyres

Award-winning winter tyre manufacturer, Goodyear is reminding drivers that they should not wait for to arrive before they swap to winter tyres.

Here, Goodyear explains why drivers should make the change:

1. What are winter tyres?
Winter tyres are different from summer counterparts, engineered from a different, softer compound to stay flexible as temperatures drop. This, combined with a special tread pattern, provides superior road grip to optimize a vehicle’s performance in cold, icy and snowy conditions. They improve vehicle safety by improving traction and grip when braking.

2. When should I drive on winter tyres?
From around the start of November until mid-April, as these are the coldest months. If the weather dips below 7°C, winter tyres will perform better than summer tyres. Goodyear suggests its UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1, which won Auto Bild Allrad’s winter tyre test earlier this year.

3. What are the benefits of winter tyres?
If you brake in wintery conditions, winter tyres could cut your braking distance in half compared to summer tyres. Braking in snow with Goodyear winter tyres at a speed of 50 km/h could make your car stop after 26.4 meters – compared to 77.9 meters on standard summer tyres, according to Auto Bild allrad.

The UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1 tyre, for example, achieves superior braking performance thanks to the optimized position of the vertical blinds and the beveled rubber surfaces, which both improve grip, brake power and traction on snowy and frozen roads. ActiveGrip technology further improves the tyre’s grip and braking performance.

In addition to a significantly shorter braking distance, winter tyres also provide excellent handling and a good steering response in all winter conditions, enabling the driver to stay in control at all times. Winter tyres feature multiple edges and sipes that dig into the snow to provide extra grip. With the UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1, for example, the 3D Block Interlocking System (BIS) tread profile ensures better adhesion on dry roads and improved performance in snow. This tyre also offers more stability as a larger part of the rubber tyre touches the surface.

Both the shorter braking distance and excellent handling give drivers the confidence boost they need to face hills, bridges and sharp corners in unfavourable winter weather conditions. On top of that, the durability of winter tyres easily exceeds those of summer tyres used during the winter months. Finally, the UltraGrip Performance SUV Gen-1’s tread optimal performance (TOP) indicator warns drivers to replace the tyres when necessary.

4. In which EU countries are winter tyres mandatory?Regulations on the use of winter tyres vary widely across Europe. For example, there are no rules in Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine or Cyprus. However, winter tyres are mandatory for all cars throughout a fixed period and on all roads – regardless of the weather conditions – in countries such as Norway, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovenia. To ensure a safe holiday trip, Goodyear recommends checking the specific winter requirements for each country.