Winter tyres? "In my region, it almost never snows", "I drive only short distances, mostly in the city".
Sure, most people in the UK consider from these points, whether investing in a set of winter tyres is really necessary.
Our expert opinion:
You should know, “summer rubber” compounds harden even at low plus levels, which can reduce the adhesion on the road noticeably. Winter tyres stay soft and also have a special lamellar profile, which grabs snow and ice particularly well – so in weather conditions that are found everywhere in the UK (from 7 degrees +).
Fact: even a slightly shorter braking distance can be a significant advantage if you can avoid an accident and its consequences, thanks to winter tyres.
The best tyre, however, is of no use if the profile has worn down. Especially in mud and snow, a deep profile is required, because only then the tyre grips properly. The legally prescribed minimum tread depth is also 1.6 millimetres for winter tyres. However, tyre experts and automobile clubs (RAC, AA etc.) recommend at least four millimetres for safety reasons.
The age of the tyres also plays a role. After six years at the latest, the rubber compound has become so hard that the “grip” at low temperatures abates.
Anyone who fits winter tyres should do so on all four wheels. With different tyres, the car can start skidding even with moderately strong braking. From winter to winter you should change the tyres axle by axle to ensure even wear.
Here at Phillips Tyres in Oxford, we have a vast variety of winter tyres available for you.
Please have a look at our website. You will find your perfect winter tyres quickly just by typing in your tyre size or vehicle reg. number. We have many different brands available to suit every preference and budget.
For additional advice, please get in touch. Our friendly team will be happy to speak to you.