When I first saw the video in Autocar Magazine’s website about winter tyres, I thought that someone finally wants to tell the difference between winter tyres and normal tyres. Actually my expectations ended up when I started watching the video from Autocar.
They had BMW 6 Series with summer tyres and BMW 1 Series with all weather tyres. Jamie Corstorphine was representing the test and he told the difficulty of arranging winter tyre in winter. Of course, winter tyres are sold in summer therefore it is hard to find in winter! And Autocar should have done a winter tyres test earlier. Why? Because, UK is a cold country. You don’t have to have snow for winter tyres. When it is winter, you should use winter tyres.
Let’s investigate in-depth; winter tyres are made up of two words. First word is winter and second word is tyres. We all know what are tyres and we also know what winter is. Winter is the coldest months on calendar which has high potential for ice on road, snow or any other dangerous conditions. This means, when it is winter, you should use winter tyres. Of course, Autocar will say there is no snow how we can show the difference. The same test conducted by German magazine Auto-Motor-und-Sport for many years and they always show the winter tyres’ performance advantage in winter time in dry road (without any snow). And we learned that material structure of winter tyres are providing better handling, better braking, better safety in cold temperatures. This means, you don’t have to wait for snow to test winter tyres! Just prepare two “same” cars and one of them will have winter tyres and the other will have summer tyres and conduct a braking test on a normal road. And observer their concering performance then you will see differences. Sorry Autocar, this is a very bad video !
All weather tyres are casual sneakers and winter tyres are boots. So try to walk with casual sneakers on an uncasual surface ;)
Here is the Continental EcoContact 3 (which can be considered as all weather) and Continental WinterContact. Are they same ?
Here is the video;
And here is the proper testing;
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