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When choosing tyres for your car, there are a number of options available to you. In Britain, where the temperature can often delve below 7° C between October and March, you may be considering winter tyres or snow tyres. Here we outline the differences for your consideration.

What are the Main Differences Between Normal and Winter Tyres?

There are different tyre types to deal with different seasons as road conditions can change in colder months. As a comparison, standard Summer car tyres are relatively thin and are made of a rigid rubber compound. This is in order to cope with all of the wear and tear that driving on a tarmac road can bring. A shallow tread depth is all that is required for driving on British roads in average conditions.

All weather tyres are designed to be softer to provide better handling and can provide a better grip in colder weather. Whilst all-weather tyres are designed with a deeper grip and can manage most conditions, they will struggle in more treacherous conditions.

A winter tyre is made of a softer rubber compound altogether, with a higher natural rubber content, this makes them more pliable and enables them to obtain a better grip in wet, icy and snowy conditions. Winter tyres are manufactured with greater tread ratio and a deeper tread, this combined with the softer compound gives the footprint of the tyre more to grip with and helps to prevent skidding and sliding, as well as wheel spinning.

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What About Snow Tyres?

Snow tyres are a very specific manufacture and should be used only in the very remotest of snow-covered locations. Snow tyres differ from winter tyres in that they are winter tyres with spikes protruding from the rubber, giving specific grip when driving on snow or ice.

The reason why you should only use snow tyres in these circumstances is that the studs damage the road surface of the tarmac in usual conditions. In fact, some regions have laws governing the use of snow tyres, limiting their use to certain months of the year.

Winter Tyres vs Summer Tyres

Normal summer tyres tend to stiffen up in cold weather, so living in Britain where it can be cold for long periods, winter tyres may be wise option for you. This is especially true if driving in such conditions is something which you do not find easy. The extra grip and better handling that fitting winter tyres gives you will enable you to drive with greater confidence. Also, because winter tyres are specifically designed to provide better handling in cold, icy conditions.

When considering having winter tyres fitted you decide whether it is more convenient for you to have the tyres on your existing wheels removed and replaced professionally or you may choose to buy a new set of steel wheels pre-fitted with winter tyres so that you are free to change them at your leisure. If you have adequate storage space such as a garage, this method may prove to be a more convenient option in the long run as you will not need to keep paying to have them swapped over each Spring and Autumn.

Fitting Winter Tyres

Ideally winter tyres should be fitted when the average temperature is regularly below 7° C. This is most common between the months of October and March.

All Evans Halshaw dealerships are able to supply and fit Winter tyres for your vehicle, regardless of make and model. Contact your local dealership for pricing and information on the best winter tyres.

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