Winter tires are designed to exhibit excellent braking power and handling on snow or ice-covered roads. Learning to use the right type of tires and to drive properly would ensure a safer driving experience in the winter.
Importance of Winter Tire
Winter tires are made with a different rubber compound that has better grip in cold weather and an optimized tread width. This difference provides extra grip which prevents the car from slipping on snowy or icy roads. Even cars equipped with four-wheel drive need winter tires.
For increased safety be sure to change all four tires to winter tires.
Braking Distance of Winter Tires in Comparison to Summer Tires
In the below diagram, you can see that with winter tires, you will need to brake 3x earlier in comparison to summer tires.
Factors to Consider When Driving In Wintery Conditions
Before turning a corner, make sure to slow down.
Do not accelerate while turning a corner. In the case where you accelerate or brake abruptly, your vehicle may lose control.
Use brakes on straight roads.
On a downhill, use the engine brake.
Refrain from switching lanes on roads with a lot of snow.
On icy roads, you need at least eight times the distance compared to a dry road. Keep your distance from the next vehicle in front of you.