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Winter Tyres – Do I Need Them For My Car?

October 28th 2014
By: Melanie

It’s at this time of year that we not only think about winter proofing our homes but also our cars. Over the past few years we have experienced snow every winter, and fitting ‘winter tyres’ has become a hot topic, you have probably even seen adverts with buy your winter tyres now, but what are they and will you need to consider buying them.

Most cars in the UK are fitted with summer tyres, some with all season tyres, but winter tyres are specifically designed to have a better grip, for conditions of 7C and less.

The difference between a winter tyre and a summer tyre is that they are made from a softer rubber compound, by adding more natural rubber to the mix, the surface of the tread is covered with jagged slits called sipes, and they normally have much deeper tread groves.

If you use winter tyres in weather conditions of above 7 degrees they offer much less grip, give poorer handling around bends, and have slower stopping times.

If you do decide to buy winter tyres you will need to do so before the bad weather sets in, these cost around £560 and up for four including fitting.

What do I do with my summer tyres?

If you have winter tyres fitted you will need to store your summer tyres in a garage or shed, or if you don’t have one of these most garages will offer storage of your tyres cheaply when not in use.

If you don’t want to invest in having summer and winter tyres you could go for the all weather alternative – all season tyres, although according to Which? the consumer group these don't perform as well as using either summer or winter tyres on your car.

If you want to find out more about the best winter tyres according to Which? Then you can access the data by following this link, and paying £1