Why do snow tires have to be narower?

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  • Why do snow tires have to be narower?


Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 15:30
A narrower tire exerts greater ground pressure than a wide one. Put another way, a wider tire will have a greater tendency to float on top of the slipper stuff rather than digging in to it where it can get the most traction.
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Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 15:03
Narrow tire cuts into the snow whereas wider tire will float on top of the snow. Opposite true if you are in the sand. Look at the Highway Patrol SUV, they have narrow tires.
Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 15:09
So it looks like everyone says a narrower tire would dig down and do better. Well I beg to differ. You are riding on snow and ice the tire will never see the road surface will it? So for me the pushing through is a problem for the engine and the bigger the bite the better the traction and if you want to go on ice you will need every bit of tire you can get to do it. Does that clear things up for you?
Answer #4 | 18/12 2013 15:00
It applies more lbs per square inch to the road surface as well. It cuts down through the snow easier. The wider the tire, the more likely it is to sit on the surface.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 04:02
to slice through the snow for better traction and grip

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