FAQ – Winter Tires

VikingContact 7 loose in snow

Q: Is snow the only thing to consider when it comes to winter tires?

A: Snow isn’t the only thing. When considering winter tires, it’s important to also think about ice, slush and cold temperatures. Winter tires are “winter focused” which means they remain pliable in very cold temperatures. Winter tires are optimized for winter road conditions. The Continental Tire VikingContactTM 7 focuses on ice, snow, wintery slush and cold temperatures.

Q: Why should I use winter tires when I already have all-season tires?

A: All-season tires are required to operate in a very wide range of temperatures in order to be used year-round. All-season tires can be used in light snow conditions but are not exclusively designed for winter conditions. If you live in a climate where the winter temperatures stay consistently below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, winter tires can be a good choice for added confidence on the road.

Q: When is the ideal time to switch over to my winter tires?

A: A good time to switch to winter tires depends on where you are located. In most of the northern United States, it’s usually around mid to late October. It’s typically not a good idea to wait for the first snowfall. Many people do this which leads to overcrowding in stores and forces the tire changeover service to take much longer. You want to be ready before the first major snowfall.

Q: How many winter seasons does a winter tire last?

A: Tread life is influenced by many factors including road conditions, inflation pressure and maintenance records, to name a few.  On average, under typical conditions, a dedicated winter tire can maintain performance for about three full winter seasons.

Q: What makes the VikingContact 7 a premium winter tire and an ideal option for winter conditions?

A: The VikingContact 7 is considered the leader in winter traction by testing organizations, tire dealers and consumers. These accolades are the result of Continental’s latest technologies.

The two most important components of winter tires are tread compound and tread design. Both work to complement one another.

The Benefit – Enhanced Grip: Most consumers want traction when the road conditions are the worst. The VikingContact 7 utilizes a Nordic Compound which offers new possibilities of enhancing grip.

The Science Behind It: Continental Tire‘s developers added rapeseed oil to the compound recipe. The oil distributes in the polymer matrix of the compound and shares its cold flexible properties with the other ingredients to ensure a Nordic compound that stays flexible at very low temperatures.  The VikingContact 7 pattern’s main grooves form a direct water and slush discharge from the middle of the tread, straight out of the pattern which offers a high level of water and slush-planing performance.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Continental Tire’s latest winter tire, the VikingContact 7.