The Advantages of fitting Winter Tyres to Your Car

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Why fit winter tyres to your car? After all, you may think that you manage perfectly well without them. Well, the fact is that during wintertime and all the rain, cold conditions as well as snow and ice that comes with it, winter tyres are more effective at helping you to go, stop and control your vehicle. In a nutshell, they’re safer than standard tyres.

These types of tyres also help you to keep moving when other vehicles can’t too, ensuring you can get to work, maintain more of a regular routine than you would without them and also do all the fun stuff when the snow hits; take the kids sledging (without getting stuck on that slight icy incline like everyone else), drag that dusty old snowboard out or head into the country for some adventures.

Driving in wintertime

How do winter tyres differ from standard tyres though? For starters, the rubber itself is more suited to cold environments, giving better grip at temperatures below 7˚C (44.6˚F). The tread is often deeper and more aggressive in order to claw at snow and ice, while also effectively pushing out slush and preventing as much of a build-up of snow in the grooves.  The tread pattern is also designed to prevent aquaplaning (where the vehicle fully loses traction on standing water at speed), while improving steering, grips levels and lowing braking distances.

One of most effective ways to show the incredible difference between summer and winter tyres is the YouTube video below, which demonstrates using a rear-wheel-drive BMW M3 with winter rubber – well known for their distinct lack of traction in winter normally – and an all-wheel-drive Subaru Forester with summer rubber – a car equally as well-known for its incredible AWD system. You can see for yourself just how much of a difference the specific cold-weather tyres make!

 

While it’s the ideal thing to do, are winter tyres really affordable? Well actually, you’d be surprised, as they can start at around just £45.00 each for a budget version (still much better than summer tyres), and approximately £57.00 if you shop online at places like Tirendo.co.uk and https://www.giga-tyres.co.uk/.

When is the best time to fit winter tyres? As mentioned earlier, they’re known to work best below around 7˚C (44.6˚F), and depending on your country obviously, usually for period of October through March/April.

TIP: I’ve found that the earlier you buy winter tyres before the season starts, the cheaper the price. Once into wintertime the price can go up, so buy early and save yourself some money!

All said, keep yourself safe throughout the cold season, have peace of mind while you’re driving, and keep mobile by getting yourself a set of winter tyres.

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies

Photo credit: Black Chevy & Tyre: Flickr: Frankieleon. Title: Follow winter driving | Silver SUV on snowy road: Pexels.com, Chris Peeters.

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