Two new homologations, WINTER SOTTOZEROTM 3 and CINTURATOTM P7TM, for the new Volkswagen Passat at its Paris MotorShow debut.
BENEFITS OF PIRELLI TECHNOLOGY
When the temperature falls below 7°C, fitting a set of winter tyres in winter conditions guarantees safety and optimum control of the vehicle. Here are the seven advantages of Pirelli technology below 7°C
On a wet or snow-covered road surface, but also on a dry surface when the outside temperature is low, winter tyres guarantee greater safety compared to summer tyres, because they are designed especially for low temperatures. The adhesion of summer tyres decreases at lower temperatures, while winter tyres guarantee maximum grip because of their specific mixtures.
The special winter tyre tread designs provide high drainage capacity, which counters the danger of aquaplaning. Aquaplaning can occur when the road surface is very wet or when there are water puddles, which cause the vehicle to "float" because the tread is unable to expel the water quickly.
When the temperature drops below 7°C winter tyres decrease braking distances relative to summer tyres by 10% on wet surfaces at low temperatures and by 20% on snow.
At the same speed, under 7°C, winter tyres deliver better performance than summer tyres under all road conditions. The stronger grip guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency, which provide ongoing and high driving pleasure.
When fit at the start of the cold season, they allow driving with maximum control on dry, wet, or snowy roads, thanks to the most innovative technologies available. The law considers them equivalent to chains, which, however, take up much space in the boot, limit speed to no more than 50 km/h, generate high noise levels, and severely decrease driving comfort.
Alternating winter and summer tyres as the seasons change, besides providing the highest possible safety under all weather conditions, also yields higher total tyre life in kilometres.
Winter tyres make it possible to travel without restrictions from autumn to spring, without having to stop suddenly because of sudden changes in weather conditions.