Winter is finally here, which means it isn’t long until the majority of places in the UK will be covered in snow and deep freeze till the time the Easter bunny is back.
However, now that the outside temperature has started to drop, what every car owner needs to bear in mind is that those summer tyres and all-season rubber compounds would begin to stiffen up to such an extent that their grip on the road slowly becomes a little tenuous – well, it’s certainly more when compared to Jack Sparrow’s grasp on his glass once all the rum is gone.
Now we know why most customers prefer calling seasonal wheels as “winter tyres” and not “snow tyres” – after all, it’s the rubbery grip that really helps them when the roads are free from all that white stuff!
Speaking of winter tyres, they’re usually designed to withstand colder temperatures; put simply, they spend most of the time being directly in contact with the pavement which gives them better control and more adhesion.
But, you cannot simply pick up any kind of winter-tyre for your car. The way you take various aspects into consideration when opting for vehicle wrapping to enhance the look of your car, similarly there are a few points that you must consider before purchasing these tyres.
Verify if the tyre has an Alpine pictograph
When purchasing a winter-tyre, the first and foremost thing that you need to see is whether or not it has an Alpine pictograph, which basically is a symbol consisting of snowflake in a 3 peak mountain.
Tyres with this logo present on them are an indication that they’ve intended to match or rather surpass the extreme snow adhesion performance requirements established by the industry. In simple words, these winter-tyres are designed in such a way that they work on ice and snow.
Pay keen attention to its design and tread compound
Almost every other winter-tyre comes with an exclusive tread compound and latest tread design helping it to provide your vehicle with high-quality adhesion and control.
When compared to all-season tyres, the winter ones bring along with them an enhanced brake performance, which goes up to 20%. Also, when tested in snow, it was revealed that cars that have winter-tyres are capable of stopping 28 feet before than the ones that come with all-season tyres.
It’s always better to purchase tyres with tread compound, as they’re able to maintain flexibility throughout your ride, allowing having an improved grasp on ice and snow.
See if they can withstand every type of road condition
Alongside harsh winter breeze, if you happen to encounter sharp corners or hills while on the go, you’d surely want your tyres to have better control and winter-ready adhesion.
In addition to that, ice, slush or snow that is unplowed could be a threat when you’re driving. So, always get it checked whether the winter-tyre you’re about to purchase would be able to face such road conditions.
Take the weather condition into account
Most of you might be thinking as to how ruthless the weather has to be for you to purchase winter-tyres. Well, the normal accord is that if you’ve been living in an area where the temperature drops to 7.2C/45F, or if you’ve got to drive in a harsh winter breeze, it’s best to get winter-tyres fixed.
Even though those all-season tyres can offer you some adhesion in snowy and wet conditions, one can certainly not deny the comfortable and safer driving experience that winter-tyres improved adhesion and grasp have to provide.
Check its performance and durability
When looking for tyres, always remembers that your car’s starting, turning and stopping ability eventually boils down to the amount of adhesion the tyre can provide in ice and snow.
Apart from the performance, you also need to check upon the tyres durability. Normally, winter-tyres of good quality give you better control and adhesion for approximately 3 seasons, which on an average is 10,000 KM per season; however, that might vary from brand to brand.
All of this could seem to be a little too much and you might possibly be watching your money, but let us tell you, with winter-tyres, you can surely reduce your insurance rate.
At the end of it all, let’s be practical – what could cost you more, a new pair of tyres or a life-threatening event? So, purchase these tyres after taking the above points into consideration, be well-prepared for snowfall and drive safely!