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Winter Tyres That Make Driving Your Kia Safer December 17th, 2013

Today we would like to introduce another guest post on Kia Buzz today. We had received a message from a fan enthusiast and total car racing gizmo from the UK who wanted to contribute a post to Kia Buzz. As some parts of the world have already entered the winter season, he has written an article on how to safely drive your Kia during the winter. He believes that treating your vehicle well could give the driver and vehicle a longer life. We hope you enjoy this very useful and informative article.

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Kia says that it develops new technologies to protect the occupants of its cars as much as possible. Indeed, the Kia Motors research and development centre is viewed by many in the industry to be a world leader in developing new types of safety tests as well as offering the latest developments in safety technology. Kia cars afford many safety mechanisms like ABS, EBD and VDC that help to protect people from potential harm when out on the road.

Driving in Winter

Nonetheless, there are some things that drivers can do to help prevent accidents before they occur and these safety technologies need to be tested in action. Most insurance underwriters will tell you that the least safe time of the year to be driving is winter. Not only will you be more likely to be on the road – statistically at least – during the hours of darkness, but bad weather can cause the car to handle differently. This is as true for any car maker as it is for Kia. One key area that more and more British road users are looking into is the use of winter tyres. They are also referred to, by some in the industry, as all-weather tyres.

Safe driving in Winters

In Britain there simply isn’t a legal regulation that says you must fit winter tyres on to your car under poor weather conditions. However, that state of affairs is not the case in Quebec, Canada, where owners of registered taxis, rental cars and other passenger vehicles are obliged to fit them between December and March. Since the state government introduced the regulation in their Highway Code, winter accidents and collisions have fallen significantly.

Given that so many of the recent winters in the UK have brought snow, it is hardly surprising that more and more British motorists are turning to winter tyres – Kia drivers among them. Fitting winter tyres does not mean doing away with your old ones unless, of course, they have worn sufficiently to warrant it. Simply store your removed tyres for use another day. Go to a specialist in Kia dealership, who can offer you advice on the right sort of winter tyres. After all, you need to know which will provide the greatest amount of wear for the level of winter driving you do.

How Winter Tyres are safe for driving?

Winter tyres are manufactured with much higher silica content than normal tyres. This helps to prevent them from hardening when used in icy temperatures. Because they remain softer, they allow for better grip and, in some cases, this can lead to improved fuel economy – particularly if it is icy. Some drivers think that they can adjust for the lack of grip in snow and ice by making a reduction to the air pressure in the tyres. However, this remedy simply fails to work as well as expected most of the time. Furthermore, it can lead to reduced stability with the car’s handling, too, particularly when cornering.

Unless you live in a very rural area and need to get across fields from time to time, then snow chains are more of an encumbrance than anything else. Although they undoubtedly work very well, you end up being forced to remove them the minute that you arrive at a road that has been gritted and cleared of snow. This is a problem you don’t have to worry about with winter tyres.