When you think about it, your tyres are the only point of contact your vehicle has with the road. That’s why it’s vitally important that you select the right tyre type for the vehicle you are driving and for the purpose it is being used.
We believe that motorists should get in to a habit of checking all four tyres every two weeks for correct tyre pressure, tread wear and general condition; and if you have one, don’t forget to check the spare tyre too.
Winter tyres are common and even compulsory in some countries that suffer from severe weather conditions. So is it worth fitting them to a car in the UK?
Industry experts say winter tyres work far better than regular tyres in temperatures less than seven degrees, dramatically reducing stopping distances. And according to Met Office statistics, the average temperature in the UK from mid-November to the beginning of March, since 1980, is below seven degrees.
The tyres have a different compound and tread pattern to regular tyres, which gives them extra grip. Summer tyres in the same conditions become harder, less ‘elastic’ and consequently suffer from reduced performance.
Data from the Department of Transport found that the percentage of UK car accidents caused by skidding is 48 per cent in the winter, compared to just 11 per cent in dry conditions.
And according to Sainsbury’s Finance, icy conditions could be responsible for about 264,000 accidents in winter, with an average repair bill of £1,773.
Click HERE for an AutoExpress review of winter tyres.
We stock a wide range of tyres (including winter tyres) for cars, vans and 4x4s to suit your driving needs and budget and can fit them while-you wait.
For more information, call our Aftersales Department on 01444 452 621.