If you own an SUV or light duty pickup truck, and with winter oncoming, it may be a good idea to check your tires to see if there’s sufficient snow-biting tread on them. And just because your vehicle has 4WD, if doesn’t mean you can go anywhere and through anything if your tires are bald or lack any sufficient tread depth.
According to Marisa Molbogot, Goodyear media relations specialist, “Many motorists who have off-road driving needs and want the ability to go off-road or traverse deep snow, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a new product to help them in such journeys.”
“The all-new Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, offers versatility for highway or off-road driving. The tire features a layer of DuPont Kevlar for rugged toughness over pavement, gravel and dirt, plus superior traction through rain and snow,” said Molbogot.
If you know anything about Kevlar, its most popular use is in body armor (bullet proof vests) for law enforcement and military. It’s also used in making canoes and windsurfer material. In some training demonstrations, Kevlar armor material in vests were able to stop bullets fired from .45 caliber handguns to Golden Eagle ultra powerful ammo where it only penetrated five (out of 16 layers in a bullet proof vest) layers of Kevlar. Applied to Goodyear’s Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires, it’s easy to see how the Kevlar can prevent puncture from sharp off-road rocks, sticks or heavy brush.
Additional key elements of the new Wrangler All-Terrain “Adventure tires with Kevlar include open shoulder blocks in the tread, to help clear mud and snow for versatile off-road traction, and traction ridges for grip on soft road surfaces,” Molbogot explained. They’re also molded with holes for studs, for owners who want extra traction and better stopping ability.
In this respect, if mud or snow doesn’t evacuate the treads, the vehicle is not going to get traction.
Molbogot goes on to say, “Biting edges and a special rubber compound also contribute to the traction capabilities on wet and icy roads.”
It’s not uncommon for tire manufacturer’s to produce softer tire compounds for winter tires for increased traction. However, the inherent drawback to that is faster tire wear. Goodyear solved that by using their exclusive compound with the addition of Kevlar for longer wear and toughness that helps resist cuts in the sidewalls.
Sara Vacha, Goodyear brand marketing manager says, “The new tires will be available in 44 sizes including 20 designated as “Pro-Grade” fitments – those that are Load Range E tires with two layers of Kevlar and a heavy-duty steel belt package. The Pro-Grade tires represent a version for three-quarter or one ton light trucks that regularly haul or tow heavy loads and are equipped with an enhanced tread compound to resist chipping and chunking.”
The new Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure’s with Kevlar carry a 60,000 mile tread life-limited warranty on standard load and LT sizes.
So before an early snow storm that can catch you off-guard, check your tires then check out the new Wranglers. And as the old saying goes, don’t leave home without ‘em. And to automatically receive auto news and reviews from Nick Hromiak, click on the “Subscribe” notation on this page.