Many of our customers are asking if winter tyres are worth fitting to their cars and what benefits do they offer.
What Car?, the UK’s biggest car buyers guide, has got to grips with the subject and concludes that: “Winter tyres make your car easier and safer to drive through winter, so if you can afford them, we’d recommend you make the purchase.”
It quotes from the experience of What Car? reader Jason Lewis who had winter tyres fitted last week when the snow hit the south east.
He reported: “Last winter, in similar conditions to those I experienced at home yesterday, my Honda Civic would not grip, accelerate or slow down with any confidence.
“This winter with the Civic clad in Pirelli Sottozeros it is a complete revelation. Last night I went for a ‘joyride’ along very narrow and snow-covered single-track country lanes just to test the tyres, and the car took it all in its stride. In my view better than buying a 4×4.”
He also concluded that they performed better in cold and wet conditions, not just in the snow: “They don’t need to get as warm to perform as summer tyres, so you’ll have more grip on corners and stopping distances will be shorter.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office