The Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate Used To Illustrate The Safety of Winter Tyres

Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate

Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate

A braking test, from 15mph to zero, resulted in the Mercedes Benz C-Class estates stopping in 7.01 metres compared to summer tyres where the cars stopped in 9.75 metres, a 40% difference.

Two Mercedes Benz C-Class estates fitted with Michelin tyres took to an ice rink in order to illustrate the difference between summer and winter tyres.

The tests, organised by Tyresafe, show the difference in braking distance and cornering performance between standard-fit summer tyres and Michelin's Primacy Alpin winter tyres.

A braking test, from 15mph to zero, resulted in the Mercedes Benz C-Class estates stopping in 7.01 metres compared to summer tyres where the cars stopped in 9.75 metres, a 40% difference.

The corner test were made up of cones, with the Mercedes Benz C-Class estates suffering from high understeer with the summer tyres with a loss of grip leading to the cars being unable to complete the manoeuvre. When fitted with the winter tyres, the Mercedes Benz C-Class estates safely drove around the corner.

Some weather forecasters are predicting another harsh winter following the two previous winters, and motorists are being encouraged to seriously consider fitting winter tyres.

Published 7 September 2011 Staff

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