Dry conditions

* Winter versus summer tyres * Winter tyres perform better in cool, wet conditions too * Tests conducted in Sweden and Germany...

Dry conditions

Dry testing

Our dry test measured braking from 62mph. The temperature during the test averaged 5.5C, yet the summer tyres stopped our Volkswagen Golf test car earlier in an average of 37.9 metres. The winter tyres took an average of 5.8 metres longer to pull up, and even the worst of the summer tyres the Nankang Ultra Sport NS-2 outperformed the best winter tyre, the Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830.

Its clear that winter tyres dont always offer better stopping performance in sub-7C conditions. Bear in mind, though, that youre much more likely to be involved in an accident on wet roads.

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