What is the difference?
Winter tyres have a different rubber compound made from natural rubber which does not harden at lower temperatures.
A regular tyre loses its flexibility when the temperature falls below +7 degrees centigrade, therefore grip is significantly reduced.
The surface of a winter tyre is very different from a standard tyre. The grooves in the tread are deeper and tread blocks are covered with sipes- jagged small slits- enabling as much grip as possible.
Is there really that much difference?
Yes! Stopping distances are markedly improved when using winter tyres in low temperatures, wet conditions and even in the snow. The ability to stop quicker is vital.
*From a speed of 30mph on a snow covered road a vehicle fitted with winter tyres will stop at 35 metres.
A vehicle fitted with normal tyres will take 43 metres to stop.
That's a difference of 8 metres. That's 2 car lengths!
Winter tyres grip the road better, and drivers will notice the benefit of this in colder weather, particularly in icy or snowy conditions and even heavy rain.
Where do I store my standard tyres?
We can store your tyres securely and refit them to your vehicle at a time and location to suit you. Ask us today to see how we can help you!