Time to Invest in Winter Tyres

It seems that winter is most certainly on its way; and with 2012 recording one of the wettest summers on record we should probably prepare ourselves for a pretty hefty winter.

With this mind, and given that the last few years’ snow had caused havoc on British roads, now may well be the time to consider changing to winter tyres.

What advantage will winter tyres give you though? Well, under temperatures of seven degrees Celsius, winter tyres have the upper hand by far over their normal counterparts. Winter tyres are manufactured from a highly efficient blend of materials, and therefore contain more natural rubber and advanced silica than standard compounds. As a result, hardening of tyres is reduced meaning that it becomes far easier to brake, accelerate and corner at low temperatures and even in ice and snow.

Last year, between the beginning of October and the end of March over 147 days failed to register a temperature over seven degree Celsius, and between December and February average temperatures where under five degrees Celsius. With statistics like these, surely the most sensible thing to do now is accept that we aren’t going to get a late summer and prepare ourselves against the barrage of winter.

What else can we do to aid our driving and safety in these conditions?  For a start, common sense is a must. If the snow is heavy, and the roads dangerous, find an alternative – take a walk if the area is local, or wait until the ice is thawed and the roads gritted before making any long journeys. Secondly, prepare for the worst – during the very worst winter months, it’s not a bad idea to keep a blanket and shovel in the car in case you are hit in a freak snow storm – it’s happened to me before! Finally, if the snow is really bad in your area and you need to travel on a regular basis, it may be worth investing in some tyre chains (strictly only for use on snowy surfaces – they must be removed on clear roads) which improve grip no end.