In the following article, you will find the results of the tests carried out this season by the magazines and motorsport organizations. Read about models in concrete and how they performed in specific categories. Do not know what tires to choose for next season? Look at what the experts are proposing and how they evaluate different tire models, and you will certainly find something for you. The article is constantly updated. Soon we will have the results of other tests!
The second place on the podium was occupied by the Nokian WR D4. According to experts who carried out the test, the manufacturer of this model that specializes in winter tires offers safe driving not only on snow but also in the rain and dry pavement. Pirelli Cinturato Winter achieved third place. This proposal by the Italian manufacturer obtained an excellent performance in the common winter conditions, but in dry has not achieved such good results, its performance was a little deficient in front of the Continental and Nokian tires.
The 13 models of tires of the test have turned out to be safe products, none has been unfavorable in the category of drivers. The lower class models turned out to be worse than Premium tires, but they have also been able to provide mainly the safety and expected performance in extreme weather conditions.
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HOW TO DRIVE ON ICE AND SNOW?
DO NOT BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD … ANTICÍPATE!
Do you have to travel by car in winter conditions? To avoid unpleasant surprises, you have to plan the trip and prepare your vehicle before leaving:
- Check the weather and traffic forecasts on the website of the General Directorate of Traffic or on 011 (paid call): it is better to plan the trip, and even postpone it than to be caught in a delicate situation.
- Check the condition of your vehicle before hitting the road: test the elements sensitive to cold such as the battery, fill the windshield wiper reservoir with antifreeze and check the quality of the wiper blades.
- With low temperatures, ride 4 winter tires in your vehicle: its rubber is softer and its drawings are deeper, so you are guaranteed a better grip and more effective traction.
- Check and adjust the pressure of your tires before leaving: measure it “cold” before starting to circulate and add 0.2 bar to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle to compensate for the drop in pressure due to winter temperatures.
- Carry snow chains in the trunk in case it snows: when you run with chains, reduce speed and do not exceed 50km / h.
- Prepare a “survival kit” against the cold in case you were forced to stop: a scraper for the windshield, a rag to clean the fog, a few spare bulbs, a flashlight, warm clothes, a survival blanket, drinking water … Do not drive like in summer: adapt your driving to winter conditions
DO NOT DRIVE LIKE IN SUMMER: ADAPT YOUR DRIVING TO WINTER CONDITIONS
Driving in winter, especially on snow or ice, requires greater prudence and smoothness to avoid the risk of losing control of the vehicle:
- Avoid braking, acceleration or sudden changes of direction: drive smoothly and calmly, reduce speed, stay at a good distance from other vehicles and avoid improper overtaking (never advance to the snowplow that clears the road !).
- Reduce your speed when approaching a curve: reduce when you are still on a straight, avoid braking once inside the curve and turn the wheel gently.
- Accelerates progressively so that your drive wheels stay well in contact with the road and avoid any loss of grip
- In a steep climb or if your vehicle begins to skid, change to a higher gear to reduce the force exerted on the wheels and thus increase the grip of the tires.
- As soon as the brightness decreases, turn on the dipped beam headlights so that other drivers see you well and to better perceive your environment, specifically vulnerable elements such as two-wheeled vehicles or poorly lit pedestrians.
DO NOT PANIC IN CASE OF LOSS OF ADHESION: FOLLOW THESE TIPS
If despite all the precautions you have taken your vehicle loses grip suddenly, this is how you have to react to regain control:
- Never take your eyes off the road: if you focus on an obstacle, it is more likely that you will crash into it.
- If you lose control while braking, release the brake pedal.
- If the wheels begin to skid, shift to a higher gear to decrease the force exerted on them and allow the tires to regain a grip on the roadway.
- For traction vehicles (front drive wheels): if you start to skid, release the throttle and press the clutch pedal to put weight back on the front wheels.
- For propulsion vehicles (rear wheels): if the rear wheels skid, play with the accelerator and with the clutch to recover grip and slowly turn the steering wheel in the desired direction.