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Cargiant’s guide to winter tyres

Cargiant’s guide to winter tyres

Winter has well and truly arrived. The daylight hours have dropped, the temperature tumbled, the weather worsened and the possibility of snow, increased. This leads many drivers to consider fitting their vehicles with winter tyres, but what are winter tyres and what is the benefit of using them?

What are the benefits of winter tyres?

Many motorists believe that winter tyres are only useful in the snow, but they actually are designed to work as soon as the temperature drops to below 7 degrees Celsius. Compared to conventional tyres, the compound is softer and the specially designed tread is narrower, helping to disperse extra water and preventing snow from building up in the groves. 

Tyre maker Continental states that a car running with winter tyres can come to a stop from 31mph in 35 metres, 8 metres shorter than if it fitted with regular tyres. On ice, the results are even more impressive. Running at just 18mph, the conventional tyres took an extra 11 metres to come to a complete stop, that’s the length of a double decker bus.

It strongly advised that as soon as the temperatures begin to raise above 7 degree Celsius, you should replace your winter tyres back to conventional ones. In the warmer conditions, the rubber will move around more, giving the vehicle poor handling and increasing stopping distances. The compound used will also wear out much faster.

How much do winter tyres cost?

The cost of winter tyres depends entirely on the vehicle. A tyre can start from as little as approximately £50, but expect to pay around £500 for a full set of good quality tyres for a compact hatchback.

You can buy winter tyres from the majority of UK tyre specialists, as well as online at blackcircles.com and etyres.co.uk.

How to store winter tyres

It’s important to store your tyres correctly when not in use to maintain their shape and prevent any damage. Some high street tyre retailers such as ATS Euromaster now offer a tyre hotel service, where they will home your tyres for an annual fee

If you have enough space at home to hold your tyres, place them in a tyre rack and rotate every month or so, to maintain their shape.

The benefits of winter tyres are clear to see, so we would strongly recommend all drivers to consider them. As the temperature lowers and the weather worsens, the demand increases so we would suggest acting now.

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