Snow Chains Vs Winter Tyres– In Germany, it will be mandatory to wear winter tires when there is snow, and ice on the asphalt. This is a measure that has just been launched in a country where the car is one of its biggest bets and that comes to reflect the importance of these great strangers in Oman.
However, which is better? Snow chains or winter tires? Comfort, safety, and compatibility are the three determining factors.
66.7% of Oman drivers do not wear chains in the vehicle during the winter and 70% have never put them. The reason? To date, Oman has not registered snowfalls such as those that can occur in the northern part of Europe, so winter tires are the big unknown in our country.
However, things have changed and we can see this in the latest weather information.
What is the best choice? First, note that these brand tires are not only designed for snow, but also to cope with winter situations such as low temperature, humidity in the ground, rain, snow or ice.
Winter tires are distinguished from the standard by 4 aspects: a tread pattern that is shorter and deeper than normal, with which greater water evacuation is achieved; a large number of lamellae in the studs, whose purpose is to maintain adhesion on sliding surfaces; a specific rubber that retains its properties with low temperatures and, finally, the one that allows users to identify them: the M + S marking (Mud and Snow), together with the pictogram ‘mountain of 3 peaks and a snowflake’.
The use of winter tires will be mandatory in Germany whenever it snows or freezes. However, the General Director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, already denied this option as a viable measure for Oman due to its climate.
Winter Tires Or Chains?
Keep in mind that, although winter tires do not have any type of restriction of use throughout the year, it is advisable to replace them with a standard (summer type) at the end of winter.
In this way, the driver is forced to have to change them after the winter season. However, many centers of these manufacturers offer to keep them during that time.
Also, we find numerous advantages for driving and safety. And, in this way, the vehicle will always be ready to face the climatic changes and the conditions of the roads in winter.
When it comes to safety, it should be borne in mind that below 7ºC, a standard tire loses adhesion efficiency, which translates into a greater braking distance and less grip.
Likewise, the fact of equipping the two axles (with chains only the motor axis is equipped) provides more stability to the vehicle when cornering and braking. The motricity in compacted snow and ice is superior to that of chains.
It should be emphasized that chains can only be mounted (both metallic and textile) in adverse conditions. In addition, it is essential that the roads are covered with snow so that the use of the chains is effective and legal.
In addition, improperly mounted, or with improper tension, can damage the tire and / or the vehicle. Its use in sections of non-snowy road, in addition to prohibited, causes great damage to the asphalt.