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November 02, 2015

Winter Tires Can Be Your Key To Family Safety

Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000034518624_SmallIf you live in the snow states, severe winter weather can make driving treacherous, and often requires the use of winter tires.

Because 41 percent of all weather-related car crashes on U.S. roads are due to conditions involving snow, sleet, ice, and slush, AskPatty has joined with Nexen Tire America to share helpful information explaining why winter tires can be the key to your family’s safety.

If you live or travel in snowy climates, your tires need the extra grip and turning capabilities that only winter tires can deliver. This is also true if you drive a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Many people think their all-season tires can deliver year-round performance, and this may be so if you live in temperate climates like Hawaii; Southwestern states like Arizona, California, and some parts of Colorado or New Mexico; or sunny Florida. But if you live where you frequently encounter snow or ice like the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, or Northeast; if you live off unpaved roads in snowy areas like Santa Fe; or if the temperature consistently hovers around freezing, all-season tires just won't cut it; you need a bespoke set of winter tires, and now is the time to think about installing them.

Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000011746940_SmallAccording to the Weather Network, whenever the average outdoor temperature hovers around 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius), your tires will be seriously affected. As the temperatures drop below 45 degrees, non-winter tires lose elasticity along with the grip they have on the road. In fact, performance tires rated as "summer tires" become pretty much useless as temperatures approach freezing.

The best tires to have when the temperature drops are winter tires because they have tread designs dedicated to improving snow and ice traction, and their rubber compounds have been specially formulated to stay soft and flexible in the cold. (Conversely, soft-compound winter tires will deteriorate faster in hotter temperatures.)

To help you choose a winter tire that improves your safety in the snow, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) designates winter tires that meet the severe snow standard with a new symbol. Only tires that have the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (a snowflake inside a mountain) have been tested for use in severe snow conditions.

If you opt for winter tires, get a full set. Do not mix winter and all-season tires: different tread patterns, size, and construction can compromise vehicle performance and safety. Mounting winter tires on the front of a front-wheel-drive car will make it prone to spinning out in the snow and plowing straight off on wet or dry roads. Putting winter tires only on the back of a rear-drive car will make the car difficult to turn in snow and more likely to spin in the dry.


Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000015173747-sTire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet and snowy surfaces. Under normal circumstances, tires are legally required to be replaced when they're worn down to 2/32-inch of tread; a tire tread of 4/32-inch is necessary for maintaining good traction in especially wet conditions. However, to have adequate snow traction, a tire -- even a winter tire -- requires at least 6/32-inch of tread. Your tires need this extra tread depth in snow because they must compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. According to Tire Rack, if there isn't enough tread depth, the "bites" of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced.

Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000021442118_Small (1)Remember, having all-wheel drive (AWD) does not guarantee better handling in the snow. The primary role of all-wheel drive is to provide forward traction when accelerating from a stop. Sometimes, having all-wheel drive gives drivers a false sense of security, causing them to brake late or enter turns too quickly. Under most circumstances, AWD systems are intended to assist with straight-line acceleration: they can't give more grip in corners, or help you stop. Equipping your all-wheel or four-wheel-drive vehicle with winter tires ensures you have maximum control over acceleration, traction, and turning when roads are slippery with snow or ice.

Are You Considering Purchasing a Set of Winter Tires?

Nexen offers a selection of five winter tire styles designed to provide safe performance driving in treacherous winter conditions for all vehicles. All of them offer 36 months of free roadside assistance with tow and tire change, as well as a mileage warranty that varies depending on the model.

Winter_studdable_winguard_winspike-NEXENNeed something with spikes? Winguard Winspike unstudded winter tires are molded for installing studs that dig into snow or ice for better traction. The optimized arrangement of sipes and block rigidity maximize handling and traction on ice in combination with the v-shaped tread pattern. Noise is addressed by the calculated placement of 12 multi-random stud lines. The Winguard Winspike winter tire comes with a 30,000-mile mileage warranty and 36 months free roadside assistance with tow and tire change.

Winter_Winguard_Winspike_studdable_SUV_winter_tiresIf you drive an SUV in especially harsh climates, then consider the Winguard Winspike studdable SUV tires, molded for installing studs that dig into snow or ice for better traction. The optimized arrangement of sipes and block rigidity maximize handling and traction on ice in combination with the v-shaped tread pattern. Noise is addressed by the calculated placement of 12 multi-random stud lines. The Winguard Winspike Studdable winter SUV tire comes with a 30,000-mile mileage warranty and 36 months of free roadside assistance with tow and tire change.

Winter_WinGuard_SnowG-Performance_Studless Asymmetric-NEXENWant a comfortable, quiet winter ride? Driving through a snowy passage will never be more comfortable than with Nexen’s Winguard Snow G Performance Studless Asymmetric winter tire. Engineered for a quieter ride, the Snow G utilizes five random pitch variations and a minimized block edge. Three deep grooves function to prevent hydroplaning and improve wet traction. The Winguard Snow G Performance Studless Asymmetric winter tire comes with a 35,000-mile mileage warranty and 36 months of free roadside assistance with tow and tire change.

Winter_winguard_sport_Performance_Studless Asymmetric_winter_tire-NEXENWinter driving and long mileage performance are raised to the next level with the WinGuard Sport Performance Studless Asymmetric winter tire. Its high-density multi-sipe elevates grip for braking on icy and snowy roads, simultaneously increasing longevity. Snowy or dry traction and cornering are improved with the asymmetric tread. Large wide grooves effectively drain water for anti-hydroplaning performance. The WinGuard Sport Performance Studless Asymmetric winter tire comes with a 25,000-mile mileage warranty and 36 months of free road side assistance with tow and tire change.

Winter-winsnowguard-suv_Studless_Directional_Winter_SUV_tire-NEXENIf you drive a sport utility vehicle, you know winter traction and control are the name of the game. The Winguard SUV Studless Directional winter SUV tire offers superior grip and driver confidence, thanks to its v-shaped directional tread design. A multiple kerf design and five random pitch variations keep noise to a minimum. The Winguard SUV Studless Directional winter SUV tire comes with a 30,000-mile mileage warranty and 36 months of free road side assistance with tow and tire change.

For more information about winter tires for your vehicle, or to find a Nexen Tire America service center near you, visit www.NexenTireUsa.com and use the Dealer Finder to locate your nearest Authorized Nexen Dealer. You can also call the toll-free technical support number: 1-800-57-NEXEN (63936) / 1-866-70-NEXEN (63936). Follow Nexen Tire on Facebook and Twitter for details on tire and car care tips, exciting contests, and more.

 

 

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