As the winter season approaches rapidly, it becomes important to choose the right tire to comply with the legislation and to be prepared for more difficult driving conditions.
What to do? Should we choose all-season tires that can be used all year, or replace them with winter tires? Many drivers are now asking this question, especially in countries where winter tire regulations are in effect. Although there is no easy answer to this question, it is necessary to fully understand when, where and how the car will be used and to know the expected performance. Considering that all-season tires work in many conditions, except when a particular season tire is essential for performance, all of these factors that create a general picture of each driver can affect the purchasing decision. On the other hand, these two tire types have a common point; The "M + S" or 3PMSF mark (according to the legal regulations in different countries), which each tire should carry on the sidewall, not only shows the type, but also prevents drivers from getting fined and guarantees safety even in winter conditions.
DYNAMIC AND WINTER TIRE FOR MULTI-WAY DRIVERS
Whether for business or pleasure, winter tires are used for a long time or if maximum performance is required in all winter conditions, the choice should be winter tires. Summer tires no longer work best when temperatures fall below 7 degrees in autumn and winter, so winter tires are a better option for drivers who expect more performance. Winter tires guarantee optimal handling, traction and braking even on low-grip surfaces thanks to its softer compound, which performs strongly even when the air temperature drops below 0; all of these increase safety and comfort. The chemical properties of winter compounds ensure that braking distances are shortened by up to 15% in both wet (up to 50%) and snowy conditions compared to summer tires. The unique tread pattern of winter tires also improves performance; Thanks to its tread blocks designed to contain snow and increase friction and grip, it also eliminates the need for snow chains. Wide grooves that distribute water quickly and efficiently during rain also reduce the risk of aquaplaning for safer driving in wet conditions. Winter tires have M + S or M&S and MS markings (meaning mud and snow). These signs are often accompanied by the 3MPF symbol (the 'snowflake and three-peak mountain' symbol depicting a mountain and a snowflake). This symbol differentiates winter tires.
SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY NEED IN THE RANGE OF PIRELLI WINTER TIRES
Pirelli offers the P Zero Winter tire range for drivers who drive more powerful cars. As a P Zero feature, Pirelli is developing these tires together with automakers in line with its 'perfect fit' strategy. Perfect fit means that tires are made for the cars they are equipped with. While the Winter Sottozero 3 offers superior performance to the most advanced premium cars, the Snow Control Serie 3 appeals to drivers using A and B segment cars, especially in cities. The Scorpion Winter for new generation SUVs and crossovers, and Carrier Winter for minibuses and other light commercial vehicles are in the range of winter tires.
ALL SEASON TIRES FOR URBAN DRIVERS
All season tires would be the best choice if the car is mostly driven away from mountain areas, in temperatures between -5 ° C and + 25 ° C, and travels less than 25.000 kilometers a year without the need for sporty performance. The design and tread pattern typical of all-season tires are balanced enough to perform well in both wet and dry asphalt at low and high temperatures. All season tires are versatile and generally perform well. Although they do not reach the performance level of summer tires in summer and winter tires in winter, they offer an excellent compromise in the specified conditions.
PIRELLI FOUR SEASONAL TIRE TYPES APPEAL TO EVERY SEGMENT
Pirelli's wide range of all-season tires appeals to a wide variety of cars. Cinturato All Season Plus has been designed with the needs of drivers with tires between 15 and 20 inches and driving more in the city. Pirelli offers its crossover or SUV drivers the Scorpion Verde All Season SF tire, while completing the Carrier All Season all-season tire range for vans and other light commercial vehicles. The Cinturato All Season Plus and Scorpion Verde All Season SF are also available with 'Seal Inside' technology that allows riders to keep going even in holes of up to four millimeters. The Scorpion Verde All Season tire also has a Self-Supporting 'Run Flat' option (that can continue on the road even if it bursts).