As winter approaches and average temperatures fall, driving conditions can become more challenging and choosing the appropriate tyre for the current weather conditions is essential to your driving safety.
We recommend the use of Winter Tyres between the months of November and March where average temperatures are lower than +7°C.
Winter Tyres explained
Whilst a winter tyre will not look dramatically different to a summer tyre, a winter tyre is specially designed using natural rubber and has more grooves to provide optimum driving performance during the challenging winter weather months.
How do Winter Tyres work?
The specially designed tread compound contains more natural rubber than a summer tyre the result is that it stays soft and flexible in colder temperatures. The natural rubber will remain flexible in winter temperatures helping to greatly reduce the overall stopping distance and help maintain a grip on the road during wet, ice and snow weather conditions.
The tread on a winter tyre will bite into the snow and ice to give superior grip and provide an ultimately safer drive.
Winter tyres are not simply for use in the snow they are designed for use in wet, snow and icy conditions where the average temperature is below +7°C.
The benefits of switching to Winter Tyres
A reduced Stopping Distance
Winter tyres reduce your braking distance dramatically in wet, snow and ice when compared to summer tyres in colder temperatures.
Improved Performance and Control
A winter tyre is made from a specially developed compound using a natural rubber and is designed with an overall increase in the amount of deeper grooves and sipes. This design provides a superior grip when used in the wet, snow and in ice.
Reduced risk of aquaplaning
The tread pattern design of winter tyres using deeper tread grooves and sipes will help compound and hold snow, improving grip. The risk of aquaplaning is reduced due to the design of the tyre dispersing water more effectively.
When to switch to Winter Tyres?
Thankfully the UK does not suffer from such extreme weather conditions found in parts of Europe but it does experience ice and snow. Drivers can face challenging weather conditions on the road once the average temperature falls. At Draycott Engineering we recommend the use of winter tyres between the months of November and March when the weather is cold and the average temperature is below +7°C.
If you would like more advice on Winter Tyres or choosing the right tyre, please contact our tyre specialists at Draycott Engineering, Didcot