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Transport Ministry warns against using snow tires

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 4:30 PM
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The Ministry of Transport is urging motorists and dealers to beware of the use of snow (winter) tires on Jamaican roads.

The ministry says many unsuspecting consumers purchase used vehicles fitted with snow tires not knowing of the dangers they may face.

Officials from the Transport Ministry indicate that under no circumstance should vehicles fitted with winter tires be certified fit for the Jamaican roadways.

Winter tires are designed for cold temperatures and winter conditions.

“Once the temperature rises, these tires loose its integrity and make it difficult for drivers to maintain control over their vehicles on hot asphalt and when it rains. These tires are less effective at dissipating heat, therefore the risks of overinflating and blowouts are much higher,” the ministry said in a statement.

There are a number of features consumers can look out for to identify snow tires.

These include traction with deeper grooves, and sharp, irregular edges.

Snow tires are much noisier than all season tires.

“Driving on snow tires in Jamaica increases the braking distance by at least 10 percent on dry pavement and 26 percent on wet pavement. They wear out much faster than their expected tread life when they are ran on hot pavement.

"Since snow tires are made with a softer compound, they will also tend to wear unevenly when driven in the wrong conditions. This creates more rolling resistance and uses more gas and affects vehicle control,” the transport ministry outlined.

The Transport Ministry is also urging dealers to exercise a moral responsibility to not sell unsuspecting consumers vehicles with snow tires. 

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