Winter weather tyres are designed to provide better grip on the road surface in conditions where the temperature is less than 7°C. Typically in the UK this is between October and March.
The tyres are manufactured with higher levels of natural rubber and silica which is combined with a tread pattern designed to help the tyre bond with the road at lower temperatures.
This gives better grip and improved stopping distances versus standard tyres in cold weather, improving the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
ARE WINTER WEATHER TYRES ONLY FOR USE IN THE HEAVY SNOW?
Definitely not. All modern winter weather tyres are designed for optimal safety below 7°C, in the cold, wet, ice and snow, offering superior performance in all winter conditions.
DO I NEED TO REPLACE ALL MY TYRES WITH WINTER WEATHER TYRES IF I ONLY HAVE A REAR WHEEL DRIVE CAR?
Yes, it is essential that all four tyres are replaced at the same time. The car may skid or be more difficult to control if only two winter weather tyres are fitted to one of the axles.
CAN I DRIVE AT MY NORMAL SPEED ON WINTER WEATHER TYRES?
Winter weather tyres, by design may have a slightly lower speed rating than standard tyres. For example a winter weather tyre that has an H rating has a maximum speed of 131mph and this should not compromise your driving in winter conditions.
DO WINTER WEATHER TYRES WEAR OUT QUICKER?
No, winter weather tyres are designed to perform and last better in colder conditions.
WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE BACK TO MY STANDARD TYRES?
It is recommend that in March, when average temperatures should be nearing 7°C in the morning, you should change back to standard tyres.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO STORE MY SUMMER TYRES FOR WINTER?
It is recommended that each tyre is stored in its own bag and stacked, so that they are lying flat on the ground horizontally. If you would like to discuss winter weather tyre storage recommendations please contact your local Centre today. Your local Centre can also offer a Tyre storage facility for your summer tyres, subject to an additional charge.