Winter tyres are designed to perform in cold weather, and therefore keep you much safer on the road in icy and wet conditions.
Winter tyres are made using a rubber compound that does not harden when the temperature drops below 7 Degrees Celsius. This means that they can really improve grip & reduce stopping distances if you need to make an emergency stop for any reason. Winter tyres also usually have a deeper tread to add extra grip and disperse surface water, making them safer and more effective than all-year-round or summer tyres.
Winter tyres can be costly though, around £500 plus for a set of 4 Winter tyres, but this does depend on the manufacturer and this doesn’t include the cost of having the tyres fitted. You may also need to pay to store your existing tyres for the Winter.
So do you need Winter Tyres?
Not everyone does and it very much depends on where you live, how much you drive and where you drive. Temperatures in the UK during the Winter months regularly drop below 7 Degrees Celsius, and if you live in a rural area or an area with high snowfall, then it’s more than likely you will need to have Winter Tyres fitted. However, if you live in an area where the roads are often fairly clear and you drive mostly during the daytime, then it may not be worth the expense to you.
An alternative to Winter Tyres is having Winter tyre socks or snow socks fitted. A much cheaper option starting from around £50, these can be just slid over your tyres to give them extra grip on shorter journeys.
One thing to note about Winter tyres is that they do perform worse in temperatures above 7 Degrees Celsius, and so it is important to remember to change your tyres back as the weather gets warmer.
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