By Oliver Hall
Continental are advising van drivers and fleets of the many safety benefits of fitting cold weather tyres to cope with extreme winter weather.
Given the recent icy weather conditions across the UK, Continental tyres believe it is vitally important that every measure and precaution is taken to stay safe on the treacherous roads.
Intensive testing undertaken by Continental has shown that a vans braking distance when travelling at 30mph in icy conditions dramatically increases by up to 31%.
The average extra distance a van will travel when braking on standard tyres versus cold weather tyres is 13 metres while a passenger car or car-derived van will travel a further 8m – an increase of 23%.
Scott Benbow, product manager at Continental, said; “Every winter, we have problems on the road because drivers are poorly equipped to cope.
“Drivers in most European countries fit cold weather tyres from October to March. This allows them to have greater tyre performance when temperatures drop to below 7C a common occurrence in winter months.”
With a unique compound which stays supple in cold weather, the advanced Continental VancoWinter 2 aids drivers with sipes – the small slits in the tread blocks of the tyre – that spread when braking. This creates an ice scraper effect on the road surface allowing shorter braking distances on winter roads.
Open shoulders on the tyre with wide lateral grooves give excellent water drainage leading to a high level of protection against aquaplaning on wet roads.
As well as ensuring the occupants safety, the VancoWinter 2 has an optimum tyre footprint to give even wear. This coupled with the cold weather compound gives the VancoWinter 2 as much as 30% extra mileage potential in the winter months compared to a conventional van tyre.