The typical UK temperature between November through to March is less than 7 degrees centigrade; winter tyres are uniquely designed to perform more effectively in these winter conditions. Are you also aware that drivers are up to an incredible six times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident during these months as slippery wet roads can practically double your vehicle’s braking distance and if driving on icy road surfaces this can astoundingly multiply your usual stopping distance? Winter tyres can greatly improve braking distances by around 10% in the wet and 20% in the snow, so they are well worth investing in.
Many cars here in the UK are fitted with summer or all-season tyres, but winter tyres are designed to remain softer when the temperature falls and allow better traction when driving in snowy or icy conditions. They offer excellent grip in the cold and damp allowing greater traction in the wet. The secret to their improved grip in the wet and on icy surfaces are the Sipes as they enable greater movement of the rubber as the soft compound grips to the road. A summer tyre would stay solid and therefore struggle to maintain a good grip. They are also cleverly designed to gather snow in the tread grooves as the Sipes, and the deeper tread grooves also help the tyre to disperse water and reduce the risk of aquaplaning which is where the tyre struggles to disperse the excess water which can lead to a complete loss of control.
The main difference is:
- The compound is made of softer rubber which includes more natural rubber.
- The top of the tread blocks is marked with little slits better known as Sipes.
- Winter tyres tend to have far deeper grooves in the tread than that of a summer tyre.
- There are great benefits of having winter tyres such as:
- They reduce stopping distances on wet and icy road surfaces.
- They provide enhanced grip.
- Improves the handling as well as braking.
To purchase your winter tyres from us here at Smartfit Autocentre in Peterborough then why not use our easy online ordering system by entering the tyre size you require or your vehicle registration number to receive a price we know you will be happy with. Alternatively, if you are at all in doubt or require further help/advice then call in and speak to one of the experienced tyre technicians who are more than happy in assisting you to make the right choice.