With the sun still shining, winter might still seem a long way off yet, but we are already taking orders for winter tyres from customers who want to sail through to spring – whatever the weather and roads hold in store over the coming months.
It is a common misconception that winter tyres are only worth having in the snow, however, this is not the case, they actually come into their own when the temperatures drop below 7C and are designed to cope with the difficult driving conditions created by wet roads, cold temperatures, snow and ice.
Our etyres branches across the UK are great fans of winter tyres and fit them to their own vans so that they can continue to deliver their mobile tyre fitting service even in the harshest weather.
Geoff, who runs etyres York, told our Head Office team the other day: “I put Hankook winter tyres on my van. They are well worth it in wintry weather. I must admit I was sceptical about the benefits until I fitted them, but noticed a real difference in snow and ice.
“I have also found that after having them fitted for three winters I have been able to share my experiences with customers, which can be helpful if they are looking for impartial advice.
“In fact, I knew they wouldn’t last into a fourth winter, so I actually kept them on most of this summer and haven’t noticed any reduction in performance or fuel economy.”
Winter tyres contain a much higher silica content than summer and all-season tyres, which enables them to remain flexible when the temperature drops below 7C. This means that winter tyres give increased grip on the road and reduce a vehicle’s stopping distance, thus increasing overall road safety. They also feature a tread pattern much more suited to driving in poor weather than that of a summer tyre. When driving on ice and snow, winter tyres provide the driver with levels of handling, grip and safety that cannot be matched by a summer tyres.
Drivers will benefit from using winter tyres on roads covered in frost, ice, slush, snow and even wet roads. Importantly, they are better even on dry roads in cold conditions.
Motoring and safety experts recommend fitting winter tyres to vehicles from October through to April the following year. They can then be switched for regular tyres and stored away until the following autumn. etyres will come to your home or work to swap your tyres for a nominal fee.