Now that fall has officially arrived, it's time to start thinking seriously about winter tires.
The winter tire segment has become a fierce battleground for tire makers and the beneficiary of all this competition and development is the consumer, as the degree of grip and thus safety afforded by these new tires continues to grow.
Yokohama’s latest effort on this front is the iceGUARD iG52c, a tire with a new compound developed to deal with a wide array of winter conditions, from slush to snow to ice.
Available in 39 sizes, Yokohama says the strength of the iceGUARD iG52c is its versatility. That's an important asset in Canada and other northern regions where conditions can change from wet roads to black ice in the blink of an eye, when a cloud blocks out the sun, or from hard packed snow to slush when that same sun or some salt comes into play.
The new iceGUARD iG52c features a tread compound that is said to offer impressive grip on both dry and wet roads.
One of its most important features comes into play on ice. As a tire comes into contact with ice, its weight and pressure generate a very thin layer of water on the surface creating a slippery situation.
Yokohama's development engineers and scientists have come up with what they call a "triple-action" compound that "enhances absorption of the water film, followed by drainage of the excess moisture resulting in a more assured grip."
In addition to that special compound, which stays supple and effective as the temperature drops, the iceGUARD iG52c has an extra-wide center rib and big control blocks for maximum contact and stability.
It also has what the company refers to as "Triple 3D" sipes or biting edges for traction on snowy and icy roads.