How do I know which winter tyre(s) to buy?
There are many things to consider so it’s a good idea to consult an expert. For example:
- What does your manufacturer recommend?
- What conditions will you be driving in?
- How frequently will you be driving on snow and ice and how common will it be that temperatures fall below +7 degrees C?
- What do the tyre tests say about the tyre’s snow grip, aquaplaning prevention and handling?
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Can I get away with buying only two winter tyres?
Even though it’s not illegal, we strongly advise against mixing tyres as it can cause issues with safety. It can even be dangerous, leading to spinning or problems with cornering.
When should I buy and how often should I change my winter tyres?
It makes sense to buy at the end of summer, before the temperatures fall. That way you can fit them straight away and avoid any unnecessary storage costs. Don’t leave it too late, however, as you don’t want to be caught out if there’s a sudden drop in temperature. Whether you’re retrieving them from storage, or buying a new set, make sure you fit your winter tyres before temperatures go below +7 degrees C.
A good quality set of winter tyres should last for 4-5 years when switching every six months.
Please remember that, in some countries, it’s compulsory to fit separate summer and winter tyres. For more information, read our article ‘Where are winter tyres mandatory?’
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