How To Add Traction On Tires And Surfaces
The Winter season requires several preparations in advance to sustain the severe snowstorms and weather. You may be preparing well by getting your fireplace checked & serviced, taking out warm clothes, and tools to remove snow from your driveway. Some major challenges of the season are to figure out how to walk on ice without falling and how to prevent your cars from skidding on ice. Both of these are serious considerations, and neglecting them may lead to unfortunate accidents causing serious injuries.
Ice is slippery because it always has a thin layer of free water at the surface of the ice. As we move across the ice layer, the slipping on this free water starts the slipping process. This melting occurs beneath the moving object’s contact point with the ice due to the weight of the object.
Now let’s see how we can add traction on tires and surfaces for safe commuting in winters.
Adding Traction On The Surface
For walking, people try different walk on ice grips for shoes so that they don’t have to walk like a penguin in the street. These ice grippers for shoes work well on soft snow, but they work poorly on hard ice, which makes them less than ideal for walking around the streets in the winter. The hard metal coil spring doesn’t dig into the ice perfectly, rather it just slides on its surface.
Another problem is that these steel grippers are almost as slippery on the hard surface (like tiles) as bare shoes on an ice layer. So you need to put them on and off while you are walking on the street and indoors respectively.
The best solution for adding instant walk on ice grips for shoes is to use traction agents. There are different types of products available in the market that you can use as traction agents. Their primary task is to absorb the excess water in the icy layer and provide some friction between the shoe and the ice.
Some commonly used traction agents are Walk on Ice, sand, Kitty litter, sawdust.
Sand, Kitty litter and sawdust are cheaper options, but they are also not that effective. Moreover, once the ice melts it becomes sticky and creates quite a mess to clean afterward.
Walk on ice on the other hand, is very effective and composed of 100% natural constituents. It consists of two granules – absorbers and grippers. Absorbers absorb the excess water on the ice layer making it less slippery, and grippers penetrate the ice layer with their spike-like structure and provide friction between the shoes and ice.
Adding Traction On The Tires
Winter tires are your best bet when it comes to getting more traction on the road during winters. The tread rubber of winter tires remains flexible even in extreme temperatures to provide you better traction on the road. The rubber of all-season tires becomes stiff in cold weather and tends to skid more on the road.
However, even with winter tires, some stretches can become tricky to drive in winters like a driveway slope. Walk on ice traction agent can also be handy in situations like these. You can simply apply the product on your tire surface to get the instant needed traction for your car.
For increasing traction, you can also go for tire chains if you are driving primarily in the hilly areas where you have to daily face steep inclines packed with snow.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to adding traction to tires and surfaces. You can pick and choose one or try multiple products to see which one works best for you.
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