At the risk of stating the obvious, research has revealed that you are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months than over the summer. Harsh weather conditions and lack of light major contributory factors for the statistic. A study by Continental Tyres back in 2010 revealed that during the big freeze at the start of that year, over 3 million motorists were involved in an accident. That’s why it’s good to be prepared when the conditions start to bite. Winter tyres are an excellent way to do this, and will give you the extra grip you need when things get really icy.
Why use winter tyres?
Winter tyres don’t harden in cold temperatures unlike their summer counterparts. Resultantly, they have a much firmer grip during icy conditions.
What’s the difference between summer and winter tyres?
In dry conditions, summer tyres will stop marginally quicker than winter tyres but if changing tyres is not an option, experts say you should opt for winter tyres over summer tyres, as summer tyres perform worse in icy conditions than winter tyres in the dry.
What time of the year should I switch?
Around October is the best time to make the change. In some parts of the EU, winter tyres are a legal requirement.
How should I store the tyres?
The best way to store winter tyres when not in use is on rims whilst inflated. The pressure should be checked at regular intervals.
How much do they cost?
Usually about the same as normal tyres.
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