Even four-wheel drive vehicles benefit from winter tyres

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Even four-wheel drive vehicles benefit from winter tyres, especially in harsh weather conditions. This was emphasised in the Telegraph’s motoring supplement column on Saturday when reader GM emailed in to ask: “Is it safe to drive my BMW X3 in the snow?”

Motoring expert Steve Huntingford pointed out: “Snow obviously makes roads more treacherous, no matter what car you have. However, most X3’s have permanent four-wheel drive, which is a real help in poor conditions. The exceptions are the sDrive models: these are rear-wheel drive and aren’t suited to snow and ice. Even if your X3 does have four-wheel drive, though, I’d recommend fitting it with winter tyres because these dramatically improve traction in low temperatures.”

The best solution for driving on snow is to have a 4×4 on winter tyres, because without the right rubber, a 4×4 is just as useless as a two wheel drive car. In fact, various tests show that a two-wheel drive car on winter tyres is better than a four-wheel-drive car on regular tyres.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of winter tyres to suit all vehicles and budgets. etyres customers also benefit from its mobile tyre fitting service, which means customers can easily store their regular tyres in their garage and etyres will return in the spring and swap them over again, for a nominal fee.

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