Difference between winter tires and summer tires

What is the difference between summer and winter tires?

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Anja (10) from Villnachern

High demands: A lot is expected of car tires: high mileage, little driving noise, comfortable damping and low rolling resistance. That saves fuel and protects the environment. But the most important thing is safety: good steering precision, high driving stability and optimum grip. After em Räge dSunne shines ... ... it says in the song. There are rain and dry tires in car races, but not in everyday life. Tires must be equally safe on wet and dry roads. But things get critical on snow and ice. That is why chemists and engineers have been tinkering with winter tires for a long time. Winter tire test on the Gotthard: In November 1953, the German tire manufacturer Continental tested its first M + S tires by climbing the snow-covered Gotthard Pass in several cars. M + S means mud and snow, i.e. winter tires. The project was successful, but the soft tires still had teething problems: a lot of abrasion, high fuel consumption and enormous noise due to the rough profile. Summer and winter tires today They differ in the rubber compound and in the profile. The rubber of summer tires is harder, so it is suitable for high temperatures. The profile is designed to avoid aquaplaning. Winter tires, on the other hand, remain soft even in sub-zero temperatures and the snow penetrating the tread improves grip.

Winter tire test on the Gotthard: In November 1953, the German tire manufacturer Continental tested its first M + S tires by climbing the snow-covered Gotthard Pass in several cars. M + S means mud and snow, i.e. winter tires. The project was successful, but the soft tires still had teething problems: a lot of abrasion, high fuel consumption and enormous noise due to the rough profile.

Summer and winter tires today They differ in the rubber compound and in the profile. The rubber of summer tires is harder, so it is suitable for high temperatures. The profile is designed to avoid aquaplaning. Winter tires, on the other hand, remain soft even in sub-zero temperatures and the snow penetrating the tread improves grip.

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