Consumer champion Which? has turned to etyres for advice about the benefits of fitting winter tyres as the UK is battered by Storm Angus.
There are a lot of common misconceptions about winter tyres, however Jeremy Valentine, etyres operations manager, told Which? Trusted Traders the main myth is that they are only are worth fitting when the snow hits the ground, which is not true.
“Winter tyres aren’t just for snow and ice,” Jeremy explained. “They are specially constructed to remain supple when the temperature drops below 7 degrees centigrade. Made from a special, softer rubber compound that retains its flexibility even in lower temperatures, they have more sipes or grooves in the tyre. These effectively increase movement in its surface, giving you greater purchase on the road.
“They can also decrease the likelihood of aquaplaning in watery conditions.”
During the last few weeks, etyres has seen a surge in demand for new tyres, especially winter tyres, as forecasters predict harsh conditions over the next few months. Vehicle owners who live in areas that are more likely to be hit by the most severe weather conditions or rural areas, where the gritting lorries seldom visit even when conditions are icy and treacherous, are advised that fitting winter tyres sooner rather than later, means they will get the maximum benefit and value for money for them during the winter months.
Winter tyres can also dramatically improve the performance of all vehicles, from a Nissan Micra to a Range Rover, and even the cheapest winter tyre will outperform a premium range summer tyre in wintry conditions.
For more information about the benefits of fitting winter tyres, click here or contact etyres on 0800 028 9000 for expert and impartial advice, along with the latest and lowest prices.
Also, etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting service, which is extremely convenient for vehicle owners who want to store their summer tyres in their garage or shed. etyres also offer a switching service for a nominal fee, which means customers can have their tyres swapped back and forth twice a year, ensuring they get maximum wear and value for money from each set.
Denna Bowman, Head Office