It’s a common occurrence this time of year – you pull out your summer tires, getting ready for the seasonal change-over and find that they’re pretty well shot. Your plastic is still maxed out from Christmas shopping and there’s no great tax return in your future. The winter boots on your ride still have lots of tread left on them, so you decide to let them ride for a while – and maybe even the entire summer. What’s wrong with that idea?
Cooper Tire’s newest addition to its Mastercraft line – the Mastercraft Glacier Trex is a winter tire designed for passenger cars and crossover vehicles.
The Mastercraft Glacier Trex is severe weather rated and offers superior braking and handling on snow and ice. The Glacier Trex is defined by its aggressive directional tread pattern that improves acceleration and braking on snow, while evacuating water to resist hydroplaning.
For those in Snow Belt areas, the winter tire season represents a time where the advent of November begins the silly season as winter preparation and new tire sales keep technicians and cash registers happy.
TOKYO — Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires.
Lyon, France – Solvay has reported “promising results” from tests of its Premium SW silica product in truck, agricultural and winter tires.
The product “confirms its breakthrough results in truck tires and its solution status regarding the upcoming regulations in this market,” said Dr Thomas Chaussée, global tire R&I manager in a 14 Feb Solvay press statement.
In a previous article, we talked about the Hankook Winter i*Pike RS, a tire that we’ve been testing all winter to see what it’s capable of. Good for both SUVs and touring cars, this tire strikes a good balance between price and performance. Hankook does offer higher-performance products, but they cost more. The smallest of the Winter i*Pike RS tires sells for less than $100 each, making it both effective and affordable.
Short of a conspiracy theory by tire companies, I couldn’t imagine a scenario where a seasonal set of tires would do the job an all-wheel drive system couldn’t. Of course, I was much younger then, and much less sensible. Yet I hear that same excuse — that power to more wheels means you don’t need winter tires — from people much older than me, not to mention far wiser.
Every year when winter comes, it’s the same thing all over again. Millions of Canadians rush to prepare their vehicle for the snow, the ice, the slush and the cold weather. Some consider winter tires to be essential to their survival. And although it has been proven that the use of tires especially designed for winter reduces the number of collision injuries, others think they’re a waste of money.
Motormouth Canada had a chance to travel to Whitehorse in the Yukon to test two identical cars, one with winter tires and one without. Even with a vehicle equipped with AWD, the video proves that driving with winter tires makes a massive difference. Proof that you should invest in winter tires.
MONTREAL – Quebec will reportedly bring forward the mandatory date by which winter tires must be put on all vehicles in the province and also increase fines for those who don’t follow the rules.
It remains the only Canadian jurisdiction that requires drivers to have winter tires by law – between Dec. 15 and March 15. The nine-year-old legislation comes with the threat of a fine from $200 to $30