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Staying safe with winter tyres

Even tires get cold!

Living in a climate that frequently dips below 7° Celsius means you definitely need a set of winter tires.
Cold affects tires and their rubber - they stiffen and don’t grip the road as well.

Add to that the difficult road conditions that winter can bring, and that’s why in winter, tires are even more important than in other seasons.
In cold weather, winter tires offer the best traction on ice, snow and slush as well as on wet and dry roads.

Braking on ice or snow

Winter tires are the champions of braking distance on snow. Compared to summer tires:

A typical car travelling at just 50km/h on snow will take 48 meters to come to a stop with summer tires.

That's 24 meters more than the same car equipped with winter tires!
Your safety is on much better footing with winter tires.

Beware: All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles are not winter proofed!

They may deliver great traction power, but it’s not enough for winter conditions. Braking and handling, especially in turns, are put to the test during winter because of the slippery road surfaces: AWD/4WD do not help in these cases if the tires can’t grip the road.

Only winter tires will keep you safe while accelerating, braking and handling. You need all the right tools to face winter safely.

Are you winter-ready?

  • Air Pressure

    Tyres lose pressure as the temperature drops. For example, if a tyre has a pressure of 2 bar (29 psi) at 20 °C (68 °F, the pressure may be only 1.8 bar (26 psi) at 0 °C (32 °F). So it’s really important to check your pressure at least once a month.

    Adjusting pressure in cold temperatures

    If you are adjusting your tyre pressure outside in ambient temperature, set it to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressures.

    Adjusting pressure in warm temperatures

    If you are adjusting your tyre pressure in a warm garage or workshop, add 0.2 bar (3 psi) to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressures. This will allow you to compensate for the cold temperature and run at the correct tyre pressure.

  • Storage

    Why should I care about storage?

    You can increase the life and performance of your tyres with proper handling and storage.

    Steb by step:

    1- Before removing your tyres, note their position on your car. Next winter, you should rotate their positions to balance their wear.
    2- Clean your wheels and tyres with water and dry them well to limit any corrosion.
    3- Remove any stones or debris that have been trapped in the tyre grooves.
    4- Tyres should always be stored away from light, in a cool, dry and clean indoor environment; if tyres sit outdoors unused for long periods of time (a month or more), their surfaces become dry and surface cracks can appear.
    5- Don’t store them near solvents (fuel, oils, etc.).

  • Before getting on the road

    1- Plan your route and check the road conditions

    Checking reports on road conditions will help you to make driving decisions and avoid dangerous situations. If conditions are particularly bad, you may want to stay off the roads.

    2- Emergency phone numbers

    Identify the person/people to call in case of emergency (ICE) by putting these three letters before their name(s) in your list of mobile phone contacts.

    3- Check your fluids

    Make sure that you always have at least half a tank of fuel to avoid a frozen fuel line. Also, carry extra windscreen fluid to ensure proper visibility.

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