The average UK temperature between mid-November and the beginning of March is less than seven degrees centigrade – and ice, snow and hail are common features up and down the country.
Winter tyres make coping in such conditions a lot easier, and there are plenty of benefits to having them fitted. In short, they can:
- reduce stopping distances on icy, wet and dirty roads
- improve grip
- improve a vehicle's handling as well as braking
Compared to spring and summer, drivers are up to six times more likely to be involved in an accident during the winter months. While wet road surfaces can almost double a vehicle's braking distance, if you're driving on icy roads, you can multiply your normal stopping distance by a factor of ten. However, winter tyres can improve braking distances by 10% in rain and 20% in snow, so they're well worth investing in, especially when you consider just how soggy the great British roads can be over the winter months.
How do winter tyres work?
On several winter tyres, this special tread is also self-cleaning – meaning you won't have to worry the next time you see snow on the horizon. What's more, the tread on winter tyres contains more sipes (tiny slits in the tread wall), which improve a car's handling on slippery or uneven surfaces.
When to change to winter tyres
Waiting until it's snowing outside is pointless, as you won't be able to take advantage of any of the benefits that winter tyres provide before it's too late. What's also important is making sure you change back when the weather starts to warm up – which is typically around mid-March or April.
Failing to change back to regular tyres can have an adverse effect on your vehicle's handling, braking distances and efficiency – so be sure to give us a call if you need your old tyres popping back on.
How long do winter tyres last?
Winter tyres last just as long as regular tyres, so providing you swap them over at the right time – and drive sensibly too – you should be able to get at least two seasons out of your winter tyres. Making sure you store your tyres properly will also increase their lifespan.
Our top winter tyres
Simply enter your postcode and vehicle registration into our handy tyre finding tool, filter the tyre results to winter tyres using the snowflake symbol, and we'll do the rest. Easy.