Automobiles are constant sources of scientific and engineering marvel and innovation. Airbags were a creative answer to the question: “How do we make this safe?” All-wheel drive endeavored to solve rugged conditions. The list goes on and on. Here’s one that most of us take for granted: why don’t our rubber tires melt in high-temperature conditions?
Again, the answer is creative engineering. All tires on the market go through a chemical process called “vulcanization” that combines the rubber in the tires to a number of other ingredients to ensure they’re heat-resistant, fireproof, and virtually un-melting.
It’s a lot like baking a cake. When the eggs, flour, sugar, and everything else are baked, they create cake—a new substance with entirely different traits than its ingredients. When the tires are “baked,” the meltable rubber becomes something else that’s new and impervious to heat.
How, then, do you melt rubber tires?
Companies who recycle rubber have figured this out. It’s done by a process called “pyrolisis,” where the tires are heated in an oxygen-less furnace—meaning without flames—and at over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit the gases in the furnace cause tires to melt down into its original, independent components, yielding a rubber that is very near its original consistency and can be used again.
Haddad Nissan definitely does not recommend trying this process on your own. If, for whatever reason, you need to get your tires melted, consult a professional.
Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, making them extremely important. However, they’re often a neglected component of our cars. Many don’t realize the importance of having a dedicated set of tires for winter weather, which can make tackling the colder months potentially hazardous. Read on to learn more about the benefits of winter tires.
Superior traction in winter weather
Winter tires have special tread patterns that improve performance in cold, wet, and snowy conditions. They greatly reduce the likelihood of getting stranded because of inclement weather and enhance your vehicle’s grip on the road when the weather turns ugly.
Exceptional durability in the cold
Winter tires are also made of special rubber that remains durable when the temperature drops. Even with no snow on the ground, all-season tires tend to underperform when temperatures drop to around freezing. Winter tires, on the other hand, are specially designed to retain superior grip on the road despite cold temperatures.
Better braking power
It’s important for a vehicle to be able to stop on short notice, especially in the winter. Winter tires handle abrupt stops on slippery roads exceptionally well, to help minimize the likelihood of a collision.
While an extra set of tires may seem like an unnecessary expense, buying winter tires is much cheaper than repairing a car that’s been damaged from driving in snowy conditions with the wrong type of tires. Come in to Haddad Nissan today to ask more about our winter tire specials; we’ll be glad to help you find the right tires for your vehicle.