Illés Menkó, a technical expert at Continental Hungaria Kft., Draws attention to situations that can and should be avoided in order to safely survive the winter months.
First error: delayed tire change
On the first day, when the morning frost hits us on the way to work and we remember that we need to change our summer tires slowly, it’s time for winter tires. Winter tires are extremely important for road safety, especially in regions exposed to heavy snowfall or on mountain roads. Winter tires are made with a different rubber compound that provides better acceleration and braking performance in cold weather, and the profiles are also designed specifically for wet, slushy and snowy roads.
“The tread depth of winter tires is particularly important for traction on snowy roads, as the solid snow collected in the grooves during travel makes contact with the snow on the road, creating a system suitable for transmission.”
– says the technical expert of Continental Hungaria Kft.
In the case of winter tires, “October to Easter” rule is recommended, winter road conditions can be expected during this period and this should not be ignored. It is also worth considering that the premium for compulsory motor insurance may be more favorable if you use a season-appropriate tire. The use of winter tires is already mandatory for taxis in Budapest, and we are only one step away from making the use of seasonal tires mandatory for everyone in Hungary.
Second error: failure to check tire pressure
It is also recommended to check the tire pressure regularly in winter, as the pressure in the tires changes during operation even in winter.
“Proper tire pressure not only provides the necessary traction on the road surface, but also reduces fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions.”
Explains Illés Menkó.
Regular monitoring of tire pressure is also recommended for vehicles with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) during the winter, as the TPMS system is not a substitute for the monitoring process. When checking the overpressure in the tire, not only can the pressure be adjusted or checked, but the condition of the tire can also be checked. Using the wrong pressure not only increases fuel consumption but also increases the load on the tire, which can have serious consequences. In addition, when adjusting the pressure, you may notice damage or abnormal wear that is not noticeable by the TPMS system, which also reduces the chances of safe driving.
Third error: improper handling of tires
It goes without saying that changing tires is an important factor in safe winter driving when using seasonal tires. However, due to improper or negligent handling, not only will they need to be replaced, but a completely new set may need to be purchased. This could be due to improper storage or forced driving style, for example.
“To ensure the long-term and, above all, safe use of tires, drivers need to be proactive in winter, avoiding sudden accelerations and braking.”
Advises Illés Menkó.
“The life of winter tires is also significantly extended by proper summer storage of the tires. The most important thing is to store them in a cool place protected from light. ”
Adds the expert.
Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.
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