Listed below is some information on snow tyres as studies have shown motorists know very little or nothing at all about winter tyres.
In many parts of Europe its common practice and in even some parts its a legal requirement for snow tyres to be fitted. Its a possibility this law may be introduced to the UK.
What are the benefits of winter tyres ?
The rubber in the winter tyre is a slightly different compound to that of a summer tyre. The compound in the winter tyre contains a higher content of natural rubber and silica. Winter tyres also have a specifically designed tread pattern which retains flexibility in low temperatures (below 7 C). This ensures that the tyres grip to harden when its cold therefore maintaining a better grip to the road generating shorter stopping distances. Winter tyres are not only designed and constructed for the optimal performance on snow or ice, but also to preform in wet or dry conditions at temperatures below 7 C.
When to fit winter tyres?
When the temperature drops below 7 C it is advisable to fit your winter tyres this is usually October time. Summer tyres should be re-fitted about April time once the temperature starts to rise again. There is an alternative all season tyre that can be left on through summer and winter, and the tyre compound adapts accordingly.
Watch the following video clip to give you a little idea of the difference between winter tyres and summer tyres.