Traction vs. Steering: Less traction available

Traction vs. Steering: Less traction available

On snow or ice, the traction generated by a typical summer or all-season tire may be only from one-half to one-tenth as great as you are accustomed on dry pavement.

On pavement, most of us seldom use more than 30 to 40 percent of that available traction, so we rarely get in trouble in those conditions. There remains a substantial safety margin. But if we continue to drive the same way in winter conditions, that safety margin will not only be diminished but in many circumstances exceeded.