Can a Low Rolling Resistant Tire Still Provide Some of the Best Wet and Snow Traction? Continental Believes So.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Tire rolling resistance is the force needed to maintain forward movement of a loaded pneumatic tire in a straight line at a constant speed. This is an obstacle every vehicle must overcome. When comparing a conventional tire to a low rolling resistant tire, the low rolling resistant option can maintain a constant speed using less energy than a conventional tire. What does this mean for you? Fuel savings. Tire rolling resistance has an estimated impact on fuel consumption that ranges from about 4% in the city to up to 7% for highway driving.

The fuel savings can be further enhanced by a tire that can maintain a smooth, comfortable ride and still maintain sure-footed traction in the wet and snow. Continental makes two of the most successful low rolling resistance tires we offer. The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, a Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire and the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, a Standard Touring All-Season tire.
 

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus
Technology
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus
Technology


Both of these tires offer the benefits of low rolling resistance technology, but are still rated in our customer survey results at the pinnacle of performance in the wet and snow. Each tire also provides the plush, smooth ride you would expect from a quality tire.

To gain a better understanding of how a low rolling resistant tire could benefit your driving habits, read "Tire Rolling Resistance Part 2: Defining Rolling Resistance."

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