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Yokohama's Tire Tips: Why Winter Tires

November 12, 2012

Yokohama Tire Corp. has released its latest episode of “Tire Tips,” an education video series (see video below). In the newest installment, Theresa Palang, YTC’s manager of public relations and digital marketing, and Nate Ortega, YTC’s performance marketing specialist, explain the importance of winter tires and their proper application.

“One of the most common questions we get asked at Yokohama is whether a driver really needs winter tires,” Palang said. “Many people have all-season tires on their vehicles, which is fine for most conditions. However, they may not be the best choice in serious winter circumstances. That’s when winter tires become a necessity.”

“Winter tires additionally have an advantage due to their special, condition-specific design,” he said. “The iceGUARD iG51v, for example, YTC’s latest winter tire, has 3D-shaped sipes that interlock for greater biting edges and improve stability on the road. The iG51v also has zig-zag groove edges to evacuate water quickly and minimize the risk of hydroplaning.”

Palang added: “All-season tires may be enough if you live in a part of the U.S. that sees only light snow and moderately cold temperatures. But, if you live in a part of the country where temperatures frequently drop below 32 degrees, investing in winter tires is a wise decision.”

According to Ortega, a key difference between the two tires is in their compound, which is specifically designed to remain pliable at colder temperatures, allowing it to better conform to the road for better traction in all conditions.

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