Assuming that you’re driving somewhere where they are not compulsory, you need to weigh up the pros and cons before asking yourself ‘should I buy winter tyres’?
- Winter tyres give you optimal handling in cold temperatures (below +7 degrees C).
- They offer the best possible grip on snow and slush.
- Their braking capabilities on cold roads are superior to summer or all-weather tyres. A car travelling at 31mph will take 62 metres (203ft) to stop on snow using summer tyres, 42 metres (138ft) using all-season tyres, but just 31 metres (102ft) when fitted with winter tyres.
- Due to their increased natural rubber content, they remain flexible in the cold whereas summer tyres are specialist for milder temperatures.
- They will keep you mobile if you live in a remote area where snow and ice are common occurences in the colder months.
- If you drive up and down hills you will certainly benefit from the additional grip winter tyres provide on snow and ice.