There are significant performance differences between standard and winter tyres in wintry conditions:
- On wet roads at 62mph winter tyres stop 4.8m sooner
- The tyres must be free from cuts and bulges, and inflated to the correct pressure
- On snowy roads at 30mph winter tyres stop 8m sooner
- On icy roads at 20mph winter tyres stop 11m sooner
WINTER TYRES PROVIDE:
- Higher levels of road safety during the colder winter months
- Shorter stopping distances compared to summer tyres, on both wet
and dry roads at low temperatures
- Improved mileage in winter weather when compared to summer tyres
- The wear on summer tyres increases during the winter months reducing
mileage by up to 20%
Open block pattern, with multiple sipes, plus low temperature tread compound. Most eective between -7 and +7 degrees C, provides better traction, grip and handling on snow, slush, ice and frosty roads. Must be tted as a set all around the vehicle.
Winter tyres carrying the 3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake symbol, indicating they are suitable for severe winter conditions, and SHOULD NOT BE FITTED out of season.
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With major manufactures such as Michelin producing 500+ dierent sizes and types of car tyre alone, it has become all too easy to get misquoted on tyre type and price.
New tyres should ideally be tted to the rear of the vehicle for safety, (even on front-wheel drive cars). Mixing tyres with a dierent specication can cause steering and handling problems, may even fail the MOT test.
Some tyres are designed to be tted only as pairs or in sets of four. Failure to do this can result in unpredictable handling, ABS (braking) problems and even transmission damage on specic vehicles - eg BMW X5.