3rd December 2014
This winter we’ve teamed up with the experts at Michelin to bring you a guide to winter tyres.
Winter tyres are designed for use when the temperature falls below 7ºC. Also known as cold weather tyres, they are designed to improve safety and increase performance in all cold weather conditions including damp and wet roads, as well as snow and ice. Winter tyres feature rubber compounds that stay supple and grip the ground in cold weather, unlike summer tyres that stiffen and lose their grip. Special tread designs improve traction, braking and stability, offering superior safety in cold weather conditions.
In the UK, the temperature is usually below 7ºC for 6 months of the year, between October and March, and this is when we recommend fitting winter tyres to your vehicle.
Accidents increase drastically over the winter months so most drivers should be more cautious in dangerous weather. Skidding on ice can be a scary experience, even if there’s no other traffic around. Winter tyres improve safety and noticeably shorten braking distances. With performance increased you can be assured safety is increased too. Summer tyres are not designed for use in cold weather, as they become less effective on all types of road surfaces when it is cold.
Tyres such as the Michelin Alpin feature an innovative rubber mixture that improves grip and braking force, even on wet and icy roads. The Full Active Tread improves traction, braking and stability in the most demanding cold weather conditions, helping you to drive in complete safety, in all weathers. Find out more about the Michelin Alpin tyre here.
Heavily grooved tread patterns, as featured on tyres such as the Michelin Pilot Alpin, offer better traction and braking on snow and ice. Stabiligrip technology features deeper sipes, which allow the tyre to break through water film and contact the ground. Find out more about the Michelin Pilot Alpin here.
Michelin manufacturer a wide range of winter tyres for cars, vans and 4x4s, all designed to increase safety and improve performance in difficult driving conditions. To find out more about Michelin Winter tyres, visit the Michelin Tyre page. For general safety about driving in winter conditions, visit our winter tyres page here.