Superior handling in cold weather is provided by the asymmetric pattern design and special compound. Three-dimensional sipe improves snow handling and ice traction performance. Multi-tiered shoulders enhance gripping and shovelling ability. Four circumferential groove tread pattern design with 36% void ratio has effective drainage performance to prevent hydroplaning or slipping on a wet surface.
The sipes enhance cornering manoeuvrability and strengthen lateral force
The 2-in-1 pitch design minimizes rolling noise by depressing resonance effect
The cylindrical sipes on the outside help to form icicles to enhance crawling and gripping ability on snowy or icy surfaces
The linkage between outside blocks strengthens block stiffness to enhance corning manoeuvrability
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Nankang Winter Activa SV-55 tyre review
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27.05.2019fromFred Taylor My style of driving consist of response driving to towing a caravan and leisure driving so I do quite a wide variety. I use winter tyres all year round they are better on wet surfaces don't last as long but give you more confidence in cornering, braking and when you encounter deep puddles. Has we do in the country with all the pot holes my wife used them all year to. In winter i do carry snow chains but have not used them.