Should you get winter tyres for winter weather?
by Helen Jackson |
posted 06 November 2017
The blistering winds and wintry weather are imminent as we creep slowly toward Christmas time. And before we get too far into the depths of winter, it’s important you at least ensure your tyres are up to surviving these next few months safely. Regardless of how short or long your car journeys are, it’s important to stay safe out there against the dreaded black ice and other frost-ridden road situations.
If you do drive considerable distance as part of your job or you’re planning an all-over UK road trip – it might be sensible to consider purchasing some winter-specific tyres.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation, is recommending owners consider their own driving requirements. It’s crucial your tyres are prepared for winter driving. After all, your tyres are the ONLY THING keeping your car on the road.
Here are some suggested steps to take:
1. Firstly, check your tyres are in good condition and are free from visible signs of damage
2. Check they are inflated to the pressures recommended by your vehicle manufacturer
3. Check that the tyre tread has a good depth, above the 1.6mm legal minimum limit
Extra tip: Only 8% of new cars are now equipped with a spare tyre. If you’re not sure what it is your car comes with, it’s important to familiarise yourself with what you do have onboard. From here you’ll feel calmer and more prepared if you have any tyre-related issues whilst you’re out and about.
Chairman of TyreSafe, Stuart Jackson, said:
“We’re now facing our first proper cold snap and being prepared is the universal advice for all drivers. In some instances that will mean winter tyres, in others all-season are an option but even those using summer tyres will enhance their safety by checking they’re roadworthy and knowing how to deal with a puncture if it does happen.”
Why consider a winter tyre?
Winter tyres, even when subjected to low temperatures, stay supple whilst providing the best possible levels of grip. If you have summer tyres fitted to your vehicle, these will harden in these wintry conditions.
There are more ‘sipes’ or grooves in the tread of the winter tyre. This means they have more contact with the road if your vehicle comes across a patch of ice or water.
You can also purchase an ‘all-season’ tyre. These types of tyres are becoming more popular with consumers. As their name suggests, these tyres can perform well in both summer and winter weather conditions. But, as you can imagine, these tyres are not the very top performers for either winter or summer, just a good all-rounder!