Winter Tyres

Winter tyres are specifically designed to be able to cope in difficult and hazardous winter conditions and offer safe driving on ice and snow during the winter season.

With the cold winter months often hitting below freezing temperatures, it is important to have tyres that offer more safety when temperatures are low, and roads are covered by ice and snow.

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Why choose winter tyres?

The ever-more common task of scraping heaps of snow off your car, driving slower due to the uncleared, un-gritted roads, and even facing the risk of skidding on black ice as you turn a corner, may make you to stop and think – would winter tyres make this easier?

Winter tyres, now commonly known as cold weather tyres, have a different compound and a sharper and deeper tread pattern to your everyday tyre, giving them an extra overall grip.

The compound they are made with contains silica, which helps the tyre remain flexible when the temperature drops below 7°C. Therefore, these tyres are specifically designed to be able to cope in difficult and hazardous conditions, such as snow and ice, with their main benefits including improved handling and braking efficiency, with dramatically reduced stopping distances.

Although, don’t be fooled, winter tyres are not only designed for snow and ice, but are designed to perform better in cold weather circumstances, for example, rain, ground frost, slush, and mud.


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  • Winter tyres are specially designed with a higher percentage of rubber to achieve better handling and shorter braking distances in cold conditions. They also feature wider grooves so that things like slush and water can quickly channel away from the wheel.

  • Winter tyres offer enhanced performance in colder weather, they contain a higher percentage of silica and natural rubber which allows them to remain flexible and perform better in lower temperatures – even when the temperature drops below 7° Celsius.

    Winter tyres also offer better grip, the special compound in winter tyres allows them to remain softer in low temperatures meaning they offer more grip, better braking and precise handling. They also therefore offer better grip and traction in the snow.