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Experts: using winter tires in summer is dangerous!

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe thought of being able to save money by using winter tires in summer is absurd, say tire experts. Reality in this situation is exactly the opposite – not only does the use of winter tires increase a car’s fuel consumption, it also increases a vehicle’s stopping distance and other risk factors.

‘Summer and winter tires are to completely different products that have different textures and are made from different types of rubber with different structure,’ – says Good Year product specialist in Baltic and Nordic countries Ernests Čejauskas. ‘Winter tires are meant to be used under low air temperatures. They are manufactured in a way to increase stopping capabilities under winter conditions (ice and snow). Summer tires, on the other hand, are manufactured to provide the maximum possible grip on dry and wet road surfaces at higher temperatures.’

According to what Čejauskas said, driving a car that has winter tires installed during summer increases fuel consumption by a notable degree. Summer tires have a notably lower surface resistance, which provide lower fuel consumption and noise level.

Gros Auto Group car service specialist Aivars Ruzaiķis reminds car owners that using winter tires during summer not only increases fuel consumption but also degrades the tires more quickly.

The most significant difference between summer and winter tires can be seen in the distance a car travels before coming to a full stop. During warm months, winter tires can increase this distance from a few metres to more than ten metres. Tire experts note that using an appropriate type of tires for your car will ensure the vehicle will perform at an ‘A’ level. Using winter tires during summer may slump overall performance as low as ‘C’ level.

‘When driving at a speed of 50 km/h using winter tires, the distance a car travels before coming to a full stop can be 2.5 metres longer on dry road and 3.5 metres longer on wet road. At a speed of 90 km/h, the distance is even larger,’ – warns the expert.

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    In Latvia, when do I need to change to summer tyres legally?

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