posted 5 years ago

Winter Tyres Make Motoring Safer

Benefits Of Winter Tyres

Standard tyres can struggle for traction once the temperature falls to 7ºC, Pirelli has revealed. This, of course, can have a significant impact on stability and braking. The catalyst for this phenomenon is a hardening of the compound. The solution is winter tyres. Why? Because these remain flexible in low temperatures and more effectively clear slush from the tread. And that is the key point. Winter compounds excel in low temperatures – not just in extreme conditions such as snow/ice. Now, some people give little thought to tyres but that is potentially risky. Let us consider why. Imagine a car is travelling at speed on a twisty road. It is carrying five people and the boot is heavily laden. Despite its posh badge, cosy seats and fancy electronics the only parts that touch the tarmac – and therefore ensure it sticks to the road - are the tyres. Furthermore, as these revolve only a small part of each touches the road at one time, and of these large chunks have been removed to form the tread that clears water. So, the touch-point is extremely small. Despite this the motorist expects the tyres – without exception – to help smoothly translate the engine's power into momentum and to help brake and steer. As such, irrespective of weather drivers should regularly check that their tyres are fit for purpose.

How To Check Tyres

Checking a tyre is straightforward and requires very little knowledge. The first consideration is the pressure which influences how the car corners, brakes, rides, and steers. Incorrect pressure – either to high or low - can also damage the tyre. The correct pressure can be confirmed via a sticker on the driver-side b-pillar (generally). If not, refer to the manual. Remember too that cars often require different pressures at the front/back and while heavily laden. The next consideration is tread depth. The legal minimum is 1.6mm across the central 75% of the tyre's width, and around its circumference. This can be checked via a gauge or the wear indicators that most tyres have within their tread. However, to maintain the vehicle's performance it is best to replace a tyre when its tread hits 3mm. Furthermore, check for consistent wear as to much variation could suggest a tracking problem. Also, check for tears, punctures, bulges, and cracking that might compromise the tyre's integrity. Plus, of course, if there is any doubt that the tyre is safe and legal have it checked by a professional mechanic.

Can not get winter tyres for skoda fabia monte carlo?

Anthony, try Hometyre on 08007839310, they will need tyre size, but will then advise on best available. I have Nokian tyres on my works van, kept me going through the snow last year without any problem, and have really noticed the difference on the cold wet mornings this month.

I fitted a pair of Jinyu winter tyres to the front of our Peugeot 206SW. Over the past few years it has been a great disappointment in snow - nothing like as good as our old 106. I asked our local tyre specialist, who's opinion I hold in great esteem. He recommended the Jinyus & I was VERY impressed with the dramatic improvement in the snow earlier this year - we had quite a lot! It was like changing from 2 wheel drive to 4 W/D in a Landrover (anyone who has done this will know just how impressive this is). I would thouroughly recommend changing to winter tyres. It could easily be the difference between getting home & leaving the car stuck - or worse!

There once was a time when "ordinary" tyres performed quite satisfactory in winter conditions. What has changed is taxation based on CO2 levels in exhaust gasses which have forced the manufacturers to create highly efficient, low rolling losses in these new (summer)tyres. Consequently they are rubbish in the cold and snow. We now need two sets of tyres to cover the whole year and the manufacturers are overjoyed.

Pirelli, ahhh the P6 worst tyre in the snow ever. Not a snow tyre though. Ecoimpact from Pirelli totally misleading name 185/65 R15 88H has fuel efficiency rating of F and noise rating of E. If you want an outstanding winter tyre look no further than the Nokian WG series of tyres, absolutely superb. Made an un-driveable car into a snow professional. If only they could fit them on trains!

Please advise what would be the best winter tyres for my E350 class coupe ??