The two leading breakdown services have added their voice to the debate about whether or not it’s a good idea to fit winter tyres.
The AA and the RAC were asked what the benefits of winter tyres are and what they actually do by thisismoney.co.uk. This is what they had to say:
AA: The compound used to make cold weather tyres contains silica which helps the tyre remain flexible at low temperatures (below seven degrees centigrade).
The tread pattern is designed to be self-cleaning (the movement of the tread blocks squeezes out the snow) so the tread doesn’t get blocked up with snow.
There are more sipes (these are the tiny slits in the tread blocks which improve grip by providing lots of extra ‘edges’ which can bite onto the road surface). Cold weather tyres provide much better grip and greatly reduce stopping distances.
RAC: The main benefit is the improved handling and braking efficiency (reduced braking distances) you can expect to get from them.
However, for them to be effective the temperature needs to be below around seven degrees centigrade. This leads to safer motoring and hopefully reduction in the risk of skid.
They do not guarantee the prevention of a skid, or getting stuck in snow, which some buyers might imagine. They should be thought of as winter or cold weather tyres, not snow tyres.
To read more about their views on winter tyres go to https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-2071568/Should-I-buy-winter-tyres-How-help-car-beat-ice-snow.html#ixzz1g43V8iNV
Denna Bowman, Head Office