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What’s The Difference Between Normal And Winter Tyres?

Are you considering purchasing a set of winter tyres? Take a look at our guide below about the main differences between winter and summer tyres, and whether they’re worth the changeover.

What’s The Difference?

The difference between winter and summer (or what most people know as a ‘normal’) tyres is the change in density and tread. Winter tyres have a different tread pattern that features wider and deeper grooves than summer tyres. They also contain a larger amount of natural rubber and silica in the compound that doesn’t harden as much as the synthetic rubber found in summer tyres when the temperatures drop.

What Are The Benefits Of Winter Tyres?

When there has been snowfall, the different tread pattern found in winter tyres help them to bite better into the snow. As they are made from a much softer compound than summer tyres they provide you with the grip that you need when driving in colder temperatures. Summer tyres are efficient when being used in temperatures above 7 degrees celsius but can’t provide adequate grip when the temperatures drop due to their harder compound.Car driving in ice and snow

As well as providing better road grip in wet and icy conditions, winter tyres also have a positive effect on your stopping distances. According to the well-known tyre brand, Continental, a vehicle travelling at a speed of 30mph that is fitted with winter tyres will come to a standstill on a snow-covered road 8 metres sooner than a car that is fitted with normal tyres. This is an additional two car lengths before the summer tyres will come to a safe stop.

Whether the roads are covered in ice and snow or not, winter tyres are less prone to skidding in any water conditions should the temperature drop below 7 degrees celsius.

Are Winter Tyres Worth It In The UK?

Yes. Although winter tyres are typically slightly more expensive than your normal tyres, the extra safety that they provide when used from October through to March is definitely worth the additional cost. You should also take into consideration that although owning two sets of tyres (summer and winter) is a costly investment, both sets of tyres will last longer due to being used for half the amount of time each year.

In our opinion, the reduced stopping distances, better handling and reduced skid risk in the snow, ice, and wet conditions are worth the expense and time it takes to change your tyres every 6 months.

Driving in RainAt MQ Mobile Tyres, we both sell and fit winter tyres for a huge range of vehicle makes and models. For a small cost, we can also store your summer/winter tyres for you when they are not in use following the swap over.

The demand for winter tyres has increased over the previous years, so if this is something that you are considering, we would highly recommend calling us as soon as possible to order in your brand new set. To speak with our team for more information, or to place your order, please contact us on 01234 327 328.