Kal’s Tire Testing: How Our Most Popular Winter Tires, All-Season Tires & All-Weather Tires Really Perform
It’s mid-December, a sunny morning, and your car is about to slide into a slick intersection. It’s the start of your Friday afternoon commute and the highway is thick in deep slush, the second-most dangerous driving condition. Or it’s the weekend, and you’re heading through the mountains when your car hits a patch of black ice under a rocky outcrop. How will your tires perform?
At Kal Tire, we wanted Canadians to know how their winter, all-weather and all-season tires (3-season tires) perform in real everyday winter driving conditions. Not on overseas test tracks. Not in the lab of a manufacturer. Right here, in Canada.
That way, you have the relevant, objective information you need to choose the safest tires for your needs. Introducing Kal’s Tire Testing.
KAL’S TIRE TESTING: HOW WE DID IT
- An independent team of professional drivers.
- 19 of our most popular all-weather, winter and all-season tires (again, we renamed all-seasons to 3-seasons).
- A handful of rugged Canadian locales that mirrored common winter conditions such as black ice, slippery intersections, slushy highways and winter rains.
- 10 rigorous tests: braking and cornering in dry, wet and ice conditions, hydroplaning, slush straight-line ability, slush cornering and road noise.
- Scientific results. Even the most minute variables, such as wind temperature, were measured. Industry-leading technology measured precise driving lines, identical speeds and G-Force measurements. Multiple runs of each test were conducted. Drivers never knew the specifics of the tires they were testing.
KAL’S TIRE TESTING: WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Here are some of the highlights of our findings:
- All-weather tires, on average, stop 77 cm sooner on wet pavement (from 70 km/hour) and 33 cm sooner on dry pavement (from 90 km/hour) compared to all-season tires.
- Winter tires are nearly three times better at holding corners on ice than all-seasons.
- Studless winter tires aren’t noisy! On average, all-weather and all-season tires emitted the same amount of road noise, and winter tires were actually 1.6 per cent quieter than all-weather and all-season tires, contrary to popular belief.
Kal’s Tire Testing & Your Winter Tires
So, how can you make use of the Kal’s Tire Testing results?
- Visit one of our Kal Tire locations near you. Tires in our showroom contain cards that provide test results using a five star rating system for each tire’s performance in the tests, and shows how it compares to other tires tested.
- Visit KalTire.com/Tire-Testing to find the scores for tires we’ve tested.
Look for our upcoming article 2015’s Best Winter Tires, All-Weather Tires & All-Season Tires, which features some of the Kal’s Tire Testing star performers (hint Nokian Tires crushed it!)
Are you looking for safe winter, all-weather or all-season tires this season? Our tire experts help you choose the best tires online or in store to suit your budget and the conditions you face. Visit your store or talk to Kal via live chat, phone or email.