Hanover, 30 April 2013 – The rather low temperatures up until now could give car drivers the impression that they can drive with winter tyres the whole year through. This is a mistake that gives Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Winter Tire Development at Continental, cause for concern: “At warmer times of the year, winter tyres have a longer braking distance than summer tyres, and handling precision reduces considerably,” he warns. After all, driving tests at summer temperatures have shown that a car with winter tyres, with the brakes applied fully from 100 km/h, took around 6 meters longer to come to a standstill than a car with summer tyres. “This represents more than the length of a car,” says Topp, referring to the residual speed of 37 km/h that the vehicle fitted with winter tyres still displays in an emergency, when the car with summer tyres has already stopped. The precise handling – which is important for avoiding accidents at higher speeds – also reduces considerably with winter tyres in summertime.