What are 'Winter Tyres'?

In the UK our average daily temperature drops to below 7 degrees celsius from November to March. That's 4-5 months a year when the temperature is low enough to greatly reduce the effectiveness of 'normal' or 'Summer' tyres.

Winter tyres are therefore becoming big business in the tyre industry. More and more manufacturers are introducing winter models to cater for the safety conscious motorist and we are not talking about Highland farmers driving around in several feet of snow, winter tyres are as relevant to everyday city motoring as they are to rural driving.

What's the difference?

At temperatures below 7 degrees the rubber compound of normal tyres can harden considerably, therefore reducing the amount of elastic grip. Winter tyres have a slightly different composition to maintain higher levels of grip even in very low temperatures, they also have different tread patterns to increase grip and traction on wet or icy roads. The cold weather tyres will reduce your stopping distances (as much as by 11 metres at only 19mph) and limit wheel-spinning in extreme conditions. Almost half of all winter motoring accidents are caused by skidding in some way, so any opportunity to increase your grip in the colder months, would be a wise move indeed.

So, look out for the blue 'snowflake' symbol in our search results. For relevant tyre sizes, you will also see a 'Winter Tyres' button on our 'Filter' panel to help you find the tyres you need.

Winter Tyres available from TyreQuote.com

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