Since 1980, the Met Office has stated that 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
How do they work?
Keen to learn a little more? You can see how different weather conditions affect a vehicle’s braking distance by clicking here.
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.
Driving in winter can be tricky, but there are a few things everyone can do in order to make it as easy as possible. To find out exactly what we mean, be sure to take a look at our winter driving tips page.
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
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