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Spin Tires Winter Edition


Snow tires have been around a long time. The first patent for a winter tire was issued to a Maine resident in 1921, and snow tires were marketed as early as 1934. That was long before there was a Michelin Man.




Spin Tires Winter Edition



Last week my boyfriend and I went backpacking in Montana and woke up to more than a foot of fresh heavy snow. My 2005 FWD Pontiac Vibe got stuck in the parking lot, and we spun the front passenger tire a bit in the snow and gravel before we got it to move. We then proceeded to drive it three miles down an unplowed road covered with deep snow until we got to the main highway. The balance was thrown off for a bit due to packed snow in the tires, but we cleaned them out and the balance was fine, and drove home to Wyoming. But when we got home and drove on dry roads, I noticed a little shimmy in the car at slow speeds, and a day later, I blew out the same tire that we spun in the snow. Could the spinning and driving in the deep snow have caused the tire to become out of round? Also, the tire store tells me now I need new struts. Could the deep snow also have caused a bend or leakage in the struts? Thanks!


If your car is stuck in snow, it can be difficult for your car to form the traction it needs to push itself forward. As a result, your tires spin while the car sits in place. Fortunately, a few techniques can help get your car out of the snow. Before you try any of these, remember to ensure that your exhaust pipe is free of snow. A blocked exhaust can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in the car while you run the engine trying to get the car to move.


If you find yourself stuck in snow, ice, mud, or wet grass, don't spin your tires rapidly, and never spin them if a drive wheel is off the ground. Doing so can actually cause a tire to explode and seriously injure someone, because if one drive wheel is stuck, and the other is free to spin, all the engine's power goes to the free wheel. If you're in snow, turn off the vehicle, apply the brakes, and shovel snow away from the tires and vehicle. Try sand and gravel to get more traction. If that doesn't work, gently rock (alternately using forward and reverse gears) with the least amount of wheel spinning. Repeatedly shift the gear lever from Drive to Reverse on automatic transmissions, or Reverse to Second on manual transmissions, while applying gentle pressure to the accelerator. Vehicles with ABS or traction control systems may have specific instructions in their owner's manual. Keep people away from your tires and the vehicle as you rock.


Smooth is the name of the game when driving in winter. Because snow and ice reduce the friction between the tires and the road, any sudden vehicle movements can cause you to lose control. Follow the advice below to safety navigate wintry conditions on the road.


All-season tires can suffice for some vehicle models in mild winter conditions. However, their rubber and tread is designed for a wide variety of conditions, so if you run an all-season tire in winter, you will sacrifice performance in some areas.Dedicated snow tires have softer rubber compounds that preserve grip at low temperatures, their tread is specifically designed to bite into snow, and they may even have studs. These features will not be present on all-season tires, which also have to be able to handle hot temperatures and large amounts of water on roadways, requiring harder rubber and different tread patterns.


Unlike all-wheel drive where power shifts between the front and rear tires, all of the tires spin on four-wheel drive vehicles. Since power is distributed among all four wheels, adding weight to your 4WD truck is usually unnecessary.


Adding some sandbags to the back of your truck might help in a pinch. But if you're tired of adding weight to your truck for a better winter ride, consider skipping the sandbags and purchasing a set of winter tires instead. When the temperature dips below 40ºF, the rubber on regular tires can get stiff and rigid, causing less traction for your truck. The rubber in winter tires is made with chemical compounds designed to maintain a flexible grip at extremely low temperatures.


Are you ready to stop dead-lifting cinder blocks into your truck every winter? Find the right set of winter tires for your truck at a Tires Plus near you. Our technicians are ready to talk tires, tread, and traction. Schedule an appointment online or through the Tires Plus app and get back in the driver's seat where you belong!


On the other hand, if the front tires have significantly more tread depth than the rears, the rear tires will hydroplane and lose traction before the fronts. The resulting oversteer (the vehicle starts to spin out) is far more difficult to control, even for expert drivers.


The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of state-approved alternative traction devices on its vehicle equipment webpage under "traction tires" These approved alternatives meet state traction tire requirements. All travelers are reminded to prepare for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket by carrying chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.


WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn about options, including stud-free, winter tread traction tires. This type of tire is different than an all-season tire, is legal year-round and does not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions on the WSP website.


Whether you're driving a rear-, front- or all-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle, your tires are likely to spin if you gas too soon or too strongly in a turn. In a rear-wheel drive, back wheels will spin. In front-wheel drive, front wheels will spin, and in a 4WD, all four tires may spin. If you find yourself in a sticky spinning situation, keep the steering wheel steady and ease off the gas until tires regain traction.


Tread PatternSkid Steer tires designed for use in landscaping or construction will under perform a dedicated snow tire in the winter. Inadequate tires result in spinning tires, short pushes, and a frustrated operator. The tread pattern on the Pro-Cleat is designed specifically for use in snow, giving your skid steer incredible grip on the plowing surface, improving your productivity.


If you live in an area that sees plenty of winter weather, it is essential to know how to get a car out of snow. There are several methods to help you get unstuck. Also, installing proper snow tires ahead of the winter months may prove an effective preventative measure. But when all options fail, or the effort is just too cumbersome, calling roadside assistance is the safest and best way to move forward. Just keep in mind that others may be thinking the same thing, which means help may not arrive immediately.


Wheelspin occurs when you try to accelerate too abruptly or enthusiastically for the available traction. The tires will start to spin at a faster rate than the vehicle is actually traveling, which can lead to different outcomes depending on whether the vehicle is front, all, or rear-wheel drive. The cure for wheelspin is simple: just back off the throttle until the tires regain traction, and try ramping it up more slowly and cautiously next time. This makes wheelspin a very easy litmus test for how much grip you actually have. For example, intentionally hitting the gas while leaving your driveway on a snowy day to see how easily the tires spin is like dipping your toes into a pool to test the temperature.


Wheelspin is generally to be avoided in turns, but can often actually work to your advantage when moving in a straight line. On pavement or glare ice, there is no real benefit to spinning the tires, but we need to think of the road surface as three dimensional in many cases. Say you have a few inches of snow on top of a good paved or gravel surface; spinning the tires will chew through the fluff and catch good traction on the underlying surface, which can often make the difference between getting up a snowy hill or sliding back down. The same is true in mud or anywhere else there is a slippery material on top of a hard, grippy material.


Wheel lockup can also be an advantage in a straight line, in the same conditions that spinning the tires would have benefit. On a loose surface, locking the tires will scuff away the top surface, often digging in and plowing the soft stuff out of the way to find better grip. On snow, gravel, and especially sand, locking the tires up can stop the vehicle very quickly.


An oversteer skid occurs when the rear tires lose grip, and the rear of the vehicle starts to slide sideways. This most often occurs because of wheelspin in rear-wheel drive (and some all-wheel drive) vehicles, and the solution in that case is simply to back off the throttle, look where you want to go, and slightly steer in that direction.


Snow tires, also known as winter tires, are tires designed for use on snow and ice. Snow tires have a tread design with larger gaps than those on conventional tires, increasing traction on snow and ice. Such tires that have passed a specific winter traction performance test are entitled to display a 3PMSF (Three-Peak Mountain Snow Flake) symbol on their sidewalls. Tires designed for winter conditions are optimized to drive at temperatures below 7 C (45 F). Some snow tires have metal or ceramic studs that protrude from the tire to increase traction on hard-packed snow or ice. Studs abrade dry pavement, causing dust and creating wear in the wheel path.[2] Regulations that require the use of snow tires or permit the use of studs vary by country in Asia and Europe, and by state or province in North America. 041b061a72


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