Winter tyres are specially designed to cope with the difficult driving conditions created by wet roads, cold temperatures, snow and ice. Although winter tyres are a relatively new addition to the UK tyre market, they have been commonplace and a legal requirement in many countries across continental Europe for some time now.
Even though we do not get the volume of snow that is seen elsewhere in Europe, the UK’s roads can still become very dangerous in winter months. The temperature between October and March often falls below seven degrees Celsius for extended periods. At this temperature the rubber compound in normal tyres begins to harden, resulting in a reduced ability to grip to the road surface. In contrast, winter tyres are designed with special compounds and grip patterns to ensure safe roadholding whenever it is cold, not solely in snow and ice. They may often be called ‘snow tyres’ but obviously ‘winter tyres’ is therefore a much better description.
Having winter tyres fitted to your vehicle will provide you with increased performance in terms of traction control and handling, significantly reducing the risk of an accident when driving in winter conditions.
Winter tyres are available in the UK from October every year. To order your winter tyres simply use the search tool above, or for more information on choosing the best winter tyres for your needs call the national sales team on 0800 028 9000 or 0333 323 9000 for a local rate from a mobile.
All orders of winter tyres will have a minimum delivery time of five days, as such same and next day fitting options are not available. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure the tyres are the correct size and specification for the vehicle. Any winter tyres ordered in the wrong size may incur a £50 return charge, so do please order by telephone if you are not entirely certain of your tyre size.
Recommended winter tyres
etyres recommend changing all four tyres to winter tyres; a car fitted with just two winter tyres can actually be more dangerous as it becomes unbalanced, resulting in unsafe handling. This recommendation is supported by the national TyreSafe scheme and leading tyre manufacturers including Continental, Michelin and Pirelli.
For more information on the recommended winter tyres for your vehicle click on the guides below.