Why should I buy Winter Tyres?
As soon as the first sleet and snow or the low temperatures and rainy conditions make an appearance, chaos can descend on the roads as drivers struggle to maintain control in slippery conditions.
There are a number of solutions available to improve traction and safety in colder conditions. While they are heavily promoted by tyre makers and fitters, winter tyres can prove a significant investment to prepare for what may only be a short spell of bad weather. So are they worth investing in?
Most UK cars are fitted with summer tyres and some with all-season tyres. But winter tyres are designed to remain supple in colder temperatures and maximise traction when driving on snow and ice. The key differences are:
- they use a softer rubber compound (usually by including more natural rubber in the mix)
- the surface of the tread blocks is covered with little jagged slits – called sipes
- they generally have deeper tread grooves than conventional summer tyres.