November 30, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Winter is that unique time of the year when your car tyres get tested the most. Winter tyres should have exceptional stopping grip and power on even the most challenging road conditions including ice, snow and wet roads.

Long-wear life and traction on dry, cold roads are also required. There are hundreds of options when it comes to winter tyres, from various tyre manufacturers. However, the two things that can never mix are icy roads and regular summer tyres. Nonetheless, if you are contingent on using your car as transport despite the weather, what should you do to keep moving even when the temperatures drop? Investing in a collection of winter tires is the apparent answer.

Winter Tyre Safety

Motorists can face many dangerous driving conditions such as ice, snow, freezing temperatures and heavy rain, so ensuring that you get the right tyres fitted is vital. One of the leading tyre safety companies, TyreSafe, advises drivers to install wintertime tyres during the entire winter for enhanced control and safety. When the air temperatures fall below 7 degrees, as experienced across the United Kingdom between October and March, and not only when the roads remain covered in ice or snow.

The blends utilised in wintertime tyres encompassed a higher ratio of natural rubber and combined with the extensive use of silica technology they reduce the solidifying effect during low temperatures supporting the tyre to scale into the surface of the road, leading to higher grip levels. Once fused with the extremely siped tread patterns applied on winter tyres, the levels of performance attained are not comparable with that of summer tyres.

Original Fit Tyre Wear

Tyre and car manufacturers work hand in hand to choose the make, tread pattern and size that best suits a car taking into consideration various factors including handling, noise and styling. Ideally, you should stick to the same type and size of tyre, and the same tread pattern and brand when renewing the tyres. Changing the pattern or brand may affect the handling and also lead to more tyre noise. 

Spare Wheels and Used Cars

If you have recently purchased a car, don't assume that the seller has a full-sized tyre and wheel waiting for you in the boot. It is very common to find a non-standard spare or a simple emergency tyre sealant and compressor back. Invest in a high standard spare wheel and tyre to avoid getting stuck in case of a puncture.

Tyre Safety Tips For Winter

  • The tyres should be in good physical condition. Check them for lumps, cracks or bulges and remove any items implanted on the tread. It is crucial to check the tyre wear on your winter tyres to guarantee the safety of your car.
  • The tyres should be inflated correctly according to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle.

The tyres should also have sufficient tread depth to guarantee your safety by taking the 20p test. Ensure that your car is checked at least once or twice a month and before making long trips for tyre safety.

Westwood's guide to winter tyres and staying safe this winter


Category: Driving Tips

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