Mercedes-Benz winter tyres
Rear wheel drive is a key feature of the performance, balance and handling of many Mercedes-Benz cars. However, while this is a perfect set-up for summer motoring, it comes with its dangers in winter. Over snow and ice, a the pulling motion of a front-wheel drive setup is much more stable and much less susceptible to skidding than the pushing motion of a rear-wheel drive car.
Additionally, performance and premium cars usually feature wider wheels than average, which is a good thing in most driving conditions but means that the car is more likely to sink into snow than bite into and glide over it. Sinking into snow causes ice, making traction even more difficult. Combine this with the potential instability caused by the sheer weight of a large Mercedes-Benz car and you can see why the manufacturer recommends fitting winter tyres.
It isn’t solely when driving over snow and ice that the benefit of fitting these tyres can be felt. Their tread design also means better water removal on wet roads, leading to increased stability and safety in terms of roadholding and braking distances. Additionally, the rubber compounds used are designed to give increased flexibility – and therefore safety – in cold conditions. At these temperatures, the compound of a summer tyre will become harder and less responsive. For more information on the technology which separates winter tyres from the regular summer equivalent, click here.
Recommended Mercedes-Benz winter tyres
Some of the world’s best-known tyre manufacturers supply the tyres fitted to each new Mercedes-Benz model. These tyres will invariably carry the ‘MO’ mark to show that they are approved by the car’s manufacturer and have original equipment status. In the UK. the tyres found on each new Mercedes-Benz won’t be specialist winter tyres, but of course various ranges of them are approved. These approved tyres remain the most popular choices of Mercedes-Benz owners during winter months. The list, by model, comprises:
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Pirelli Sotto Zero (in sizes R17 and R18) and Dunlop SP Winter Sport (in size R17)
Mercedes-Benz CLS: Pirelli SottoZero
Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Michelin Latitude Alpin and Continental WinterContact
These and many other winter tyres are available from etyres, at all-inclusive and competitive prices which include the convenience of mobile fitting.
For further information about winter tyres, click here. Addtionally, etyres’ National Sales Team is available seven days a week on 0800 028 9000 to offer impartial help and advice.