There is no legislation about winter tyres in the UK and very little advise about why they need to be fitted.
Several EU countries have made winter tyres compulsory or at least recommended they are fitted to cars during the winter months, as anyone who drives abroad on a skiing holiday will be aware.
This week we have faced struggled through days of chaos on our roads, brought on by the arrival of ice and snowy conditions.
But just like it’s safer to pull on a pair of snow boots to stop you slipping over on the icy pavements, we should think about the merits of fitting winter tyres to our vehicles.
A winter tyre is designed to be used in temperatures far lower than general use tyres and vastly differing road conditions.
A tyres performance will be greatly reduced if the rubber becomes hardened. For this reason winter tyres are manufactured using a compound that will remain supple under the harshest of operating conditions.
This, along with its specially designed tread pattern allows the tyre to provide grip and safety in winter conditions.
Tread patterns are very aggressive and feature a large amount of siping in order to create a “biting” edge to the tread to ensure grip on snow and ice surfaces. This heavily siped tread pattern is also referred to as “lamellen” tread.
For more information, go to www.etyres.co.uk/winter-tyres-law.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team