Winter tyre technology

Winter tyres have been developed with the driver’s safety in mind and offer a more responsive driving experience throughout the colder months.

What makes a winter tyre different from a summer or all-season tyre?

Winter tyres may look the same as summer tyres, however they have been designed to provide extra traction when driving on ice, snow and slush covered roads. When comparing summer and winter tyres the first thing you may notice is the deeper tread mould. This tread helps vehicles to displace the snow and slush being driven on whereas summer tyres cause the snow to become compact and therefore extremely slippery.

When looking at a winter tyre you will also notice hundreds of tiny incisions along the edge of the tread block called sipes. These sipes provide added traction by ‘biting’ into the snow and ice covering the surface of the road.

Winter tyres are not just for snow and slush; the tread has also been designed to maintain optimum control on wet roads by quickly channelling water away from the contact point between the tyre and the road surface reducing the risk of aquaplaning.

The composition of winter tyres is also different to summer and all-season tyres as it contains a higher silica level. This silica prevents the tyre from hardening when the temperature reaches seven degrees or lower. These softer compounds also provide a more responsive driving experience and offer shorter braking distances than when using summer tyres during the winter months. For instance a vehicle fitted with winter tyres will come to standstill on a snow-covered road from a speed of 30mph after 35 meters, whereas with summer tyres the vehicle would require a further eight meters (43 meters in total), or another two car lengths. For more information on the difference this winter tyre technology can have on reducing your stopping distances click here.

To buy winter tyres online use the search function above, or for more information on choosing winter tyres call the national sales team on 0800 028 9000.