What is the difference between summer and winter tyres?
Winter tyres are optimised to work best when outside temperatures are under 7°C. Unlike standard tyres, which are good all-rounders and work in a majority of weather conditions, winter-specific tyres use compounds that incorporate more natural rubber. This means that they do not harden in colder conditions. Their pliability in the cold allows winter tyres to grip the road better in snow, slush and ice.
Their noticeably better performance will show when cornering and in their improved stopping distances. Winter tyres are therefore safer in the colder months when road conditions are poor. As well as the rubber compounds used in winter tyres, you’ll notice the tread patterns differ and are more aggressive than typical tyres. This design feature makes for better snow and slush clearing capabilities.
Many suppliers suggest having a spare set of affordable steel wheels for winter on which to fit your winter tyres. It is then a simple job of swapping the wheels when the weather turns cold, rather than removing and fitting different tyres each season. It’s an indispensable convenience, especially for those in rural areas.
Can You Use Winter Tyres All Year Round?
Tyre fitters are commonly asked why motorists shouldn’t use winter tyres all year round? The answer to this is simple. The soft tread that adds extra grip in winter will wear down quickly on a warm and dry road surface. Worn tyres will increase stopping distance and detract from the tyre’s cornering capabilities. The tyres will then not work as well during the winter and will be expensive to replace.
Suppliers of Winter Specific Tyres
Dedicated tyre suppliers offer a range of winter specific tyres to fit your car. Trusted brands of winter tyre include:
For peace of mind this winter, contact Tyres Northampton for a tyre safety check or a fully comprehensive winter tyre fitting service.