January 16, 2017 at 5:15 PM
At this time of year, the temperature drops and the roads can become compacted with ice and snow. Driving conditions can become hazardous, and it is important that drivers take extra care and precautions in order in to keep themselves safe while driving in these colder weather conditions.
One way that you can help to keep yourself safe while driving in the colder months, is to replace your current summer tyres with winter tyres. Below we will explain what winter tyres actually are, how they work in the colder weather, and why they are so important.
What are winter tyres?
The correct term for the winner tyre is actually the cold weather tyre. These type of tyres are designed to work at temperatures of less than 7 degrees C. So, in the UK, ideally all cars should be fitted with cold weather tyres from around October through to March. Therefore, the term, winter tyre is a little misleading, as using them is dependent upon temperature, not weather conditions. The good news is that they work on wet, dry and icy roads.
How do winter tyres work?
Winter tyres are able to grip the road surface in cold weather due to the fact that they are made from a rubber compound that is highly flexible, which enables the tyre to snugly grip the road.
Normal tyres are not flexible in colder weather of temps below 7°C and are therefore not able to grip the road as well, resulting in the car slipping and sliding on cold and icy roads.
The winter tyre also has a completely different tread pattern to that of the summer tyre. The pattern tread is much rougher and rugged, while featuring more sipes which waters away dispel from the tyre.
The video below gives a further explanation of how winter tyres work.
Why are winter tyres so important?
What winter tyres ultimately do is keep your vehicle moving safely on cold road surfaces, as they grip the road. They are also designed to help keep the car moving through snow and icy roads, due to the deep tread and fissures that are in the tyre.
There is less chance of sliding across the icy road when you are using winter tyres. What is important is that you change all four of your tyres, not just the front two, as this can affect the stability and grip of the car while driving. Winter tyres are available for all makes and models of car, so buying and then fitting them should be a fairly easy task.
British winters are becoming colder, and we have all seen how a few inches of snow can bring the country to a complete standstill. Prepare yourself for the bad weather and be sure to fit those winter tyres.